A few weeks ago I had to fly to Virginia for a bishop's function. Having lived in Atlanta most of my life and having a wife who was a flight attendant, I usually know my way around. I usually plan on extra time to make sure I am always at the gate at least 30 minutes before the flight is supposed to leave.
On this trip to the airport, I left in plenty of time allowing for traffic, etc. Well sure enough, the expressway was clogged up, and that put me behind schedule. When I arrived at the Park and Fly lot, I still had plenty of time to catch the plane. I parked and stepped onto the shuttle van and the lady gave me my parking receipt. But we just sat there! After about 7 or 8 minutes, I asked her why we were not going anywhere. She said, "Oh, you need to get on that one over there." ??? So I unloaded my luggage and when over to the other shuttle. Sat down. And then we just sat for another five minutes!
When I arrived at the security checkpoint, time is starting to get tight. I looked at the line and said to myself, "Good, a short line." After I got in the line, it did not move. The minutes kept ticking away. I am starting to sweat now. The man in front of me was gracious and let me ahead of him. Once through the security area, I began to run. I even ran down the escalator to the subway leading to the terminals. I heard the "voice" at the subway train saying, "the doors are closing." I leaped in just in time to which two ladies laughed at me and said, "You just made it!" I looked at my watch and said, "we'll see." At which, they laughed again. When the subway train arrived at the correct terminal, I went into a full sprint (even up the escalator!) all the way to the gate. I arrived just before they were closing the doors. Walked in and sat down, and said "thank you Lord!"
Today, I am flying out to California. I allowed even more extra time today. Everything is going well, and then the underground subway train stops in between stops. We just sit there. Minute after minute goes by! I am three minutes away from pulling the emergency door release, and the train begins to move. I arrive at the gate two minutes before the doors close.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do His pleasure -- Psalm 37:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight -- Proverbs 3:5,6
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him -- Psalm 37:7