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Flight Plans May Be Delayed

We can make the best plans in the world, and the experience can still be fraught with complications and challenges. What then?

A couple weeks ago I flew across the country to spend a weekend talking, laughing, and brainstorming about life with some blogging friends. I had a chance to tour Colonial Williamsburg, meet one of my homeschooling heroes, and hang out with my youngest sister and her family.

But before that happened, I had to get there.

And the fates, or rather United Airlines, were against me. My friend Heidi and I spent five hours on a plane. At the gate. On the ground. It was one thing after another; a late flight crew cost us a couple hours; bad weather, an empty fuel tank, a new cabin crew, and a host of other small details ate up the other three.

The flight attendant actually blamed it on the Chicago Cubs.

We arrived in Virginia at three in the morning, five hours late, despite our best efforts to arrive at a time when it wouldn’t disturb our ride or our hosts. So much for impeccable planning.

On the way home I experienced similar delays, convincing me to take another airline next time I fly. Don’t even get me started about the strange woman emitting a strong chemical odor and rubbing a cloth all along the sides of the emergency exit door.

Making Plans

As moms, most of us have a fair amount of planning to do. What clothes the kids will wear, what we’ll eat for dinner, what to do on vacation — there are a myriad of details for us to consider and to provide for each and every day.

Sometimes we run ourselves ragged in the preparation of school clothes, dinner, trips, you name it. And sometimes, it all falls flat.

The kid refuses to wear the outfit or spills on it five minutes before it’s time to leave. Dinner burns. The car breaks down on vacation, the hotel loses its reservation, or yes, the Chicago Cubs cause your sister to drive Virginia back roads to pick you up at 3 am.

Life is subject to change.

We can make the best plans in the world, and the experience can still be fraught with complications and challenges. What then?

Rant? Rage? Blame your city’s baseball team?

Moms, we can only do what we can do. Honestly, it was hard not to complain for that five hours in a cramped little seat.

And no, they don’t have to let you off. They have to give you the option. But, they don’t have to let you back on the plane. Sometimes you just have to suck it up. And that, my friends, is hard.

I’m a big proponent for creating change in our lives to serve our families and ourselves better. I’m more than impatient with a status quo that doesn’t benefit people directly.

But, sometimes there’s nothing else you can do but ride out the storm. Make the best of it. Wait for the plane to refuel. And then move on with your journey.

Ultimately, believe that God really is the best travel agent and trust Him to get you to your destination.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. — Proverbs 16:9

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  1. I totally feel your pain. We had so many set-backs trying to fly out of San Juan in March that I thought my head would explode. Oh wait, it actually did at that food counter!

    Modern day travel is pretty much the equivilent of Odysseus’ voyage back home. At least you had a nice trip and made it back safely :)

  2. I like to see new places, and old places, but I don’t usually enjoy the process involved in traveling. Add to that the fact that I get motion sickness from just about anything! But I can’t really seem to stay put. We are now in the Congo, where it’s actually surprising if your flight leaves on time.

    Traveling is a whole different ballgame here, and I could almost write a book on it at this point.

    The last time we were flying back from a conference our plane was supposed to leave at 9:30, and we were boarding only about 1 1/2 hours late. Then in the process of boarding, they turned everyone around and went back to the waiting area. They announced that the flight would leave at 1pm. That time came and went, and finally the flight was canceled at 2pm. We were 7 hours at the airport, and this is with our 3 kids and 7 visitors from the US, and one visitor from Africa. (13 of us total) The kids were starting to have trouble, and some of the adults were doing worse.

    The funny thing was the guy who made the announcement saying that the flight would be at 10AM the next day, so we could come at 10:00 or 10:30.

    But the next day, we did it again. This time we got to the airport at around 9AM to find that the flight time had been postponed to almost 2 pm. We stayed, which was a good thing, b/c the plane actually left at 11AM. Still haven’t figured that one out.

    The important thing is that we made it back safely with all of our luggage.

  3. Michelle says:

    What in the world was she doing wiping down the emergency exit door???? Hello!!!! Crazy person on board!!!!!

  4. We had problems with United in March (delays at the counter, no flight problems), and we’ve vowed to find alternative airlines in the future. We enjoyed our experience with Virgin America last year.

  5. Jennifer says:

    LOVE that verse!!! It reminds me to question where my focus is and to adjust if my steps are out of line with His. None of that other stuff matters if I’ve stepped out of His will.

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