10 minutes into flight: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we will be turning the plane around and returning to the Greenville airport in the next 10-15 minutes. During take-off the plane experienced a mechanical… event. The pilot will come on in the next few minutes to elaborate….”
Some minutes later: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we want you to know that it is customary for Fire Engines, Ambulances, and rescue personnel to attend the scene during landing of a returning plane. Please do not be alarmed as this is normal procedure required at the airport….”
That’s what I heard no more than 48 hours ago as I started my travel to France. For some people, this would be cause for alarm; thinking the worst of what might happen, or that maybe fate was telling them not to travel. Some might think: “Why was I on that flight? The planes engines could have stopped and we could have crashed….”
There are a myriad of thoughts that can run through a worrier’s mind.
For others, who trust in the Lord, they might say “I’m sure it will all be good.” And that’s what my loving wife said – it’ll be all ok. She trusted that God had a plan for my travel. Despite what happened, or what would happen, she knew that God was in charge and that she shouldn’t worry.
Now, just because someone trusts in the Lord, doesn’t mean they should be “care free.” In fact, moments later, she texted “Thank you Lord, for your protection.” You see, it could have been time for life to end. Our lives are not scripted by us, but by God. He is the one in control of what happens and when it happens. We can believe that we are in charge, but that would require us also not to believe that God is in charge.
And for those that don’t trust God, they are generally worrisome people. They don’t understand that despite the circumstances they are in, God has a plan better than we could ever imagine- a plan that will carry us through. That plan may not be easy or totally free of trials (most likely it won’t be free of trials), but it is the best plan for us.
Now, after a very exhausting travel over 24 hours, with multiple flight changes, I am safely at my destination. Does that mean I know WHY all these events happened? No. But again, I don’t need to know why, I just need to trust in the Lord. And that’s all I’m doing.
Thank you Lord for always being there and guiding me day to day!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? … Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25, 27
By the way, in case you were wondering what a mechanical “event” looks like – see the picture here: During take-off the Captain’s side of the windshield fractured. We don’t know if we hit something or if pressure or stress caused it.