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Picture this.  It’s very early in the morning.  My husband and I are sitting on a plane in Houston preparing to return to Atlanta.   We’d had a late night so we were exhausted.  We settled into our seats and prepared for the less than 2 hour plane trip.  My husband pulls out his iPad & I pulled out a magazine and we got as comfortable as you can on an airplane.  The plane began to taxi away from the gate and we were on our way. And that was a good thing.  Because once we landed, two little girls, errands, meetings and chores awaited us.

The plane continued to taxi down the runway, but then it came to a complete stop.  Initially we didn’t pay much attention to it because we’d started losing our ability to concentrate on the iPad and magazine…our eyes were slowly drifting shut.  But after about 10 minutes we realized that we’d been stopped longer than normal.

Right about the time we realized we’d been sitting for a while, the pilot’s voice came over the intercom and informed us that there was a mechanical issue with the plane.  We were told that we would have to sit on the runway until the mechanics came to check it out.  He jokingly said “thank goodness we caught it while we were still on the ground. We’d hate to get into the high altitudes and expect the mechanics to come up there”.

Eventually the mechanics arrived to the plane, fixed the issue and we were off! We arrived slightly behind schedule, but safe.  Thank God.

I so love how God teaches me life lessons in the midst of my ordinary, every-day situations.  This was no different.

See, as we waited on the mechanics to check out the plane I was reminded that the same scenario often happens in our lives.   We board the “plane” of our dreams, hopes, and goals.  We make sure everything is on point…or at least we think everything is on point.  We prepare for take-off.  But often as we are about to start a new journey, go to the next level, or experience something different, something happens and there is a delay.

I don’t like delays.  If I am supposed to leave at 8am, I want to leave at 8am. Not 8:15am, not 9am.  I want to leave at 8am.

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