After a wonderful time with my friends, I left the LA airport Wednesday morning looking forward to being home by early evening. I had a presentation to prepare for the next morning along with much work to do.
Our flight was an hour delayed out of LA; I sat back to work on some projects and to read a book that was given to me The Secret Things of God by Henry Cloud (I enjoyed it very much – his writing contains much truth about our faith in God). As we were leaving, out pilot told us that there was a slight chance that we might be diverted because of weather in Chicago – but it was not likely. Well, a couple of hours into the flight – he came on to tell us that we were landing in Tulsa, OK. So, okay – Tulsa for a few hours won’t be bad, I thought. After sitting on the plane for a little while, they let us off to grab a bit to eat, saying to come right back because we would probably leave for Chicago soon. I got the new skinny Cafe Mocha from Starbucks (90 calories, sugar free and very good!!) and was heading back when the entire Tulsa airport shut down for a security reason. I waited for 45 minutes behind a locked gate (in the food court wing) hoping that I would somehow be able to get back to my carry on bag that I left on the airplane (at the staff’s suggestion – and no I did not have a laptop in it). Back on the airplane – we were again told that we would probably fly to Chicago soon, but only a few moments later learned that all flights to Pittsburgh from Chicago were canceled. It was strongly suggested that those of us flying to Pittsburgh – should stay overnight in Tulsa.
So, off I went – sent for my bags to be removed and then learned that there was an immediate flight leaving for Kansas City and then Baltimore that could get me home in the morning. Quickly, several of us made the decision to do travel to Kansas City and then Baltimore (thinking that avoiding Chicago would be a good choice) – our bags were pulled again and off we went to KC. After a short while in KC, we flew to Baltimore arriving at 12:30 am.
After making numerous calls to hotels who were all booked – several of us found a Country Inn and Suites that had rooms for us. On the shuttle, I met a lady who shared a room with me (she was safe – I could tell). It was wonderful to finally stretch out in a bed at around 1:45am and after 3 1/2 hours it was time to get up again.
The flight to Pittsburgh this morning was only 10 minutes late. I was glad to arrive home late morning with all my bags (how impressive is that Tulsa Southwest Staff – that they got my bags on the KC flight in such a short time).
What a journey across the United States I had – I kept talking to my husband and daughters and thinking that it was like Where in the World is Waldo– instead it was “Where in the United States is Mom”!! I really enjoyed meeting people along the way – talking with fellow travelers and sharing the journey we all were on. I was totally impressed with Southwest Airlines – their staff was pleasant, professional and did a great job inspite of a hard situation. And even though, I was anxious to get home – I was very aware of the Lord’s presence with me in each city.
All this made me think that our earthly spiritual journey is so much like my hard traveling day due to weather. We long to go home to heaven – yet we have to embrace the current journey along the way. There was no use getting upset, because I could not control the Chicago weather or the decisions that Southwest was making – all I could do is to trust that I would eventually get home and then enjoy the people that I was meeting and the memories we were making.
Isn’t that just like our spiritual journey here – we really do not control much of what happens to us -the Lord asks us to trust Him as He arranges the steps of our journey home to enjoy eternity with Him – Heaven.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Poverbs 16:9