This past Thursday Madeline and I embarked on what we thought would be a big 10-day adventure (16 days for her)! But it seems there were other plans for us.
We left our house at 7 AM and arrived at DFW at 8:30. The airport, not usually crowded at that time, was very full. We had a short wait to check our four very full suitcases, each with 50 lbs of goodies for our friends in India. The security line was a much longer line and it took 25 minutes to get through it. Did you know that since October TSA will stop and check you if you have more than one unopened bag of food in your carry on? Yep I had 4 unopened bags of very good food stuffs: Oreos, Reese’s, Doves dark chocolate and almonds. Chocolate is a must for me when traveling to India! So, I had to wait while they pulled everything out of my large carry on bag and check everything for drugs. Or is it gunpowder?
Terry and I always get a hamburger before departure since it’s the last time until we return that we are able to eat beef. The Fuddruckers closed down last year. There was an Applebee’s but they didn’t serve lunch until 10 and we had to be at the gate around that time. So, Madeline and I settled on a good ole American breakfast instead. No beef.
At the gate, we found out our boarding was delayed even though the plane was at the gate. Forty-five minutes later, we boarded. We got all settled in and then the plane pulled away from the gate...and stopped. We found out there was a mechanical issue. We sat for 30 minutes. Luckily the entertainment system was on and I was watching a movie. I got 2/3rds the way through the movie when they taxied back to the gate and asked us to deplane. Giving us food vouchers they asked us to come back to the gate at 3:30 pm. So we went and got the hamburger.
Processing what was going on, Madeline and I discussed our options. Then we prayed. We said we would be at peace however this turned out. We both felt that if the flight was cancelled that we should postpone the trip. Madeline would be able to go with us in March. So we went back to the gate and waited until 3:30. And we kept waiting until 5:45. That’s when they announced the flight was cancelled and that we needed to go and retrieve our luggage. No other information was given.
Gathering our suitcases, we knew that our trip was postponed. Terry came and picked us up. We called T. I texted with my jewelers. We were sad. We were disappointed. But we were at peace. Last week Terry taught our family about peace. He reminded us that peace is not circumstance dependent. We can choose to believe and understand that there is Grace that is sufficient.
We miss T & A. We miss the planning talks, feeding leper’s, discussing the possibility of getting a teacher for the leper’s children, the filming and fun things too...like looking through thousands of pieces of jewelry, riding elephants and camels, buying cute clothes and eating wonderful food. Madeline and I will miss our special time together.
Disappointments happen . . . often. I have learned that it’s how I respond, instead of react that makes a difference in my life. Taking time to meditate and pray is important. But most importantly I know who is in control of all circumstances. And I can rest fully. The tears still came. The sadness is around. But I choose to know that my plans are not my own and I choose to receive Peace.
I hope you have true lasting Peace today.