First Class to Third World

First Class  By: Susan Bea Good

A few years ago Healing the Children called me with an urgent request, that I fly to Managua at the end of the week, stay overnight, and escort back a teenager in need of heart surgery.

At 5:30 AM that Thursday I checked in at the nearest International airport and received my round trip tickets for Nicaragua. After a layover in Chicago I boarded my second plane to discover I had First-Class seating! This would be my first time flying in the pampered section. Before I could even take my seat I was treated with the spectacle of flight attendant wrath. Not at me, but directed towards the unfortunate soul that boarded the plane, headed for Economy-Class, before all were seated in First.

The three hour flight from Chicago to Miami was not what I was expecting. I was dressed for a third world destination. Carrying a backpack, and wearing jeans, t-shirt, and hoodie, void of all valuables (even wedding ring), I did not fit in with the Miami-bound elite. The passengers in that cabin seemed to be avoiding contact with me, I guess they perceived by my appearance that I was beneath them. Thus I spent the hours in a book, trying to keep my profile low.

A few years later I did First-Class once again. It was a flight to Bolivia with my sister. We were heading to LaPaz to receive her daughter for adoption. That flight was a different experience. We drank our water from stemmed glassware, were served a three course meal on china, and finished the evening with a hot fudge sundae! We did not keep low profiles, and laughed a little too loudly I’m sure.

I’m sharing these two First-Class experiences to make one small point. Enjoy the moment! Very soon it will be but a memory, to cherish or regret. I have found that all of life’s moments are worth the time they took to live through. Some are uncomfortable, and some are delicious. But together they epitomize Paul’s words to first century believers in Rome…”all thing work together for the good of those who love God.”

I haven’t flown First-Class since that Bolivia trip, and I’ve realized that the privileged-section is not all that it’s thought to be.

“…everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu

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