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Wheels Up

“Flight attendants, please prepare for take-off.” We heard those words at 9:11p. The plane started moving then it stopped. We started moving in circles. Then we were still again. “We should be getting an update soon.” The plane was dark and cold. My only comfort was my cell phone and the text conversation I was having during this whole ordeal. All I wanted was to get home. At 11:25p, I again heard “Flight attendants, please prepare for take-off.” I was much more skeptical this second time around. Over the next several minutes, the plane rolled a little, then stopped. Made a semi-turn, then rested in a still position. Then finally, the wheels were up.

Imagine all of the thoughts I experienced in the two hours I sat on that plane awaiting take-off. Did I mention that my seat was in the middle of a three-seated row?
I’m sure you’ve been here before. Perhaps you weren’t on a delayed flight. It’s the place where you thought things and situations in your life were moving forward. There was some momentum that was going to get you to the next level or destination. Oh but then an obstacle….or two….or three came along.
  • What about the dream that was in your heart. You thought you got the green light to proceed forward with your plan but then you encountered an obstacle and your momentum died.
  • Remember the long standing relationship that you thought was about to go to the next level. That was until you found out about the affair or one of you just fell out of love.
  • Things seemed to be going so well on your job.  A promotion was imminent. Then came the company’s need to downsize.
  •  You were living life to the fullest. You were traveling and living a healthy lifestyle.  You didn’t anticipate being hospitalized, especially without an explanation for your diagnosis.
How did you get through that experience? Did you give up or did you fight for a strong finish? What were your immediate thoughts at the onset of your challenge? Were your thoughts positive or negative? Were you waiting in expectation of a positive result or were you living in a moment of misery, allowing negativity to consume you?
Psalm 19:14 is an awesome reminder to “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” 
Do your words and thoughts line up with God’s will? When placed in difficult situations with obstacles and unforeseen challenges, remember to keep a positive outlook. Find the silver lining. Know that God will carry you through to the other side. The journey may not be the one you expected, but it’s your journey. It’s a growth experience. Stay the course. Be patient and wait for the wheels to go up.

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