Some of the best things in life are unexpected.
On our long travel journey from Argentina back to Sunny Coast, we had a rather long layover in Chile which ended up being even longer due to a flight delay. Once we finally boarded and then eventually made it to our second stopover, we were greeted with some not-so-charming news that we had missed our final flight to Sunshine Coast.
It had already been a long day and we had been so looking forward to just making it home but it seemed as if we weren’t going to get our way. Even though it was a bit of a distasteful situation we were beautifully compensated by the airline with a nice stay in a luxurious hotel on one of Sydney’s magnificent harbors.
The “Darling harbor” fitting to its name. Charming by day, and the place to be at night.
Suddenly, this unfortunate turn of events didn’t seem so unfortunate after all. I’m learning that God is quite sneaky and works in the most mysterious ways.
Before coming to Australia in the first place, i had looked into all of the possibilities that there might be for me to be able to see the Sydney Opera house and to be honest, my chances were slim to none. Not gonna lie, i was really bummed because deep down in my heart, seeing the Sydney Opera house in person has been something that’s been on my bucket list since i knew it even existed.
When we arrived at our hotel that night, i looked up how far we were from the opera house just to see if had even the slightest chance.
A 45 minute walk.
45. minute. walk.
There was no way i was letting this opportunity slip through my fingertips.
I rallied with a couple others to see if anyone was willing to brave the streets of Sydney with nothing other than screenshots of a map and little to no sleep and thankfully i wasn’t the only one who was itching to go.
Breakfast was at 6:30am and our bus for the airport left at 7am. The calculations had been made and we hit the streets at 4:30am. (i got 0 sleep that night, result of pure excitement)
We made it just in time to watch the sun rise over the Sydney Opera house.
As we sat there in awe, i couldn’t help but be so full of gratitude. My heart was overflowing with joy and i couldn’t keep a smile off my face. And it wasn’t just that i got to see the Opera house, it was because i knew that my creator had hatched a plan so intricate that His daughter could experience one of her small, and what she thought was insignificant desires. It’s things like this that remind me of the depths of His love for me.
As we headed back to the hotel, our hearts were full and we were able to enjoy the sights of the stunning city of Sydney. Definitely a place i’d like to spend a bit more time in.
Thank you Sydney for sharing your sights with us, and an even bigger thanks to the big man upstairs for His detailed planning and impeccable gift giving.