When Plans Change by Yvonne Ortega

Arrows with plan A, plan B, and plan CWhen plans change, how do you respond? Do you get angry, hope for resolution, or make other arrangements? Whatever your answer, I understand. At one time or another when plans change, I’ve responded in all three ways.

After a week of vacation, I boarded the first plane on schedule and arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina with time to eat dinner and go to the departure gate for the 10:30 pm connecting flight home.

The plane was supposed to be on time. However, the agent at the desk announced a delay. Nothing serious, and we would board soon.

An hour later, we boarded the plane, and the passengers seemed relieved. When plans change, can you handle the delay?

We sat on the plane for an hour and ten minutes. At 12:40 am, we had to get off the plane. We walked outside from the plane to the airport about a quarter of a mile in the wind and rain. I thanked God for my raincoat with a hood and that he was with us.

The problem still hadn’t been fixed, and no other plane was available.

A mother with two toddlers took care of the children, and they behaved. The father became upset, wanted resolution, and spoke with the top authority present.

Technicians brought water, soft drinks, ice, cups, Bischoff cookies, and pretzels from the plane. People partook of the food and beverages. Since the shops in the airport had closed earlier, we could eat and drink what the technicians provided or nothing. Would you have appreciated the food and beverages available?

Experience has taught me to carry a variety of snacks in my carryon bag, and I enjoyed my own popcorn.

The family with the toddlers left the airport about 1:00 am. Another passenger rebooked her flight for the next morning on a plane with a few seats available.

All other flights were booked until mid-afternoon the next day. If plans change, do you make other arrangements or wait to see what happens? Do you thank God that he’s with you?

Meanwhile, I sat by two lovely couples. We talked and laughed as we became acquainted and waited for resolution.

I wish you could have been there when the agent announced at 1:40 am that we could board the plane. People raced to do so. I got on last, smiled, and said, “I believe we’ve met before.”

The light above my seat flickered on and off during the flight, but we didn’t care. We were flying home. I arrived at my house at 3:20 am thankful for the Lord’s presence, a safe trip, and my own bed.

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Prayer: Dear God, help me to remember not to be afraid or discouraged and that you are with me. Amen.

The next time your plans change, what will you do?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega X.IX.MMXVII

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