I’m currently sitting in the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re reading this right now, you probably have an incredibly puzzled look on your face because this wasn’t the plans we had in mind. Well, you’re correct. Let’s just say that everything that could go wrong yesterday….went wrong.
First, our flight from Chicago to Atlanta was delayed about 2 hours. Then we get on the plane and are sitting for an hour because they realize one of the engines is low on oil. So after that long wait, we FINALLY get moving, and let’s just say that the South Africa team was totally excited because if we would’ve waited any longer, we would be missing our connecting flight from Atlanta for Johannesburg. About an hour and a half later, the pilot comes on the speakers saying that one of the generators has gone out, and we need to land now. Now being in Knoxville, Tennessee. At this time, it’s almost 6pm. Our flight to Johannesburg will leave at 7:30pm, and we realize then that we won’t be making it. There was a little bit of frustration, but then we realized the only thing we could really do was laugh about it. So we end up waiting in this tiny airport until 9:45pm, when a plane came and took us all to Atlanta. Tiny airport as in this airport was smaller than Conemaugh Township High School. No exaggeration. So this time, we’re incredibly excited to be boarding this plane! It was a 40 minute flight to Atlanta, and we got there at around 10:40pm. Delta Airlines was extremely hospitable to us, and for anyone who had connecting flights somewhere else, like ourselves, they scheduled us to stay in a hotel for the night, and they also gave us a bunch of free meal voucher passes. The downside of all of this was this: we don’t have our luggage because our luggage is going to Johannesburg.
At first, we thought “Crap.” But then we realized that we really didn’t need it anyway. Delta gave us these little care packages that had almost everything we needed for an overnight stay, except new clothes. By the time we got out of the Atlanta Airport, it was 1am. So needless to say, we were mentally exhausted. Our expectations of arriving in Johannesburg by this time this morning are long gone; we actually have to catch a flight tonight at 7:30pm, so we’ll arrive there by Friday.
You’d think that we would be extremely upset that all of this happened, but in all honesty, we weren’t at all. In fact, we’ve come to the fact that all of this was definitely a God thing. Yes, all of that bad stuff did happen, but then it got totally turned around. We got to have a good night’s sleep in an amazingly nice hotel, we have a lot of free food, and we feel so much more refreshed. You see, I think Satan was extremely active yesterday; attempting to get us off course; attempting to get us upset and frustrated and angry. For a little bit, his plan did work. But after that, we couldn’t help but laugh. God is good, all the time. Amen?
Things may not always go the way you planned them to; they might go the exact opposite. But NEVER doubt God. Don’t doubt who He is, His power, His might, His love. He has a plan, and He will always pull through; He NEVER fails.
We’re planning on going over the Atlantic Ocean tonight; but if God has a different plan in mind, then we’re following Him. We’ve been called to go, but God didn’t say there wouldn’t be some rough patches along the way.