When I arrived to the airport with plans of boarding my flight to Egypt I found out my passport was invalid. I had to rebook my flight for the next day and try to secure a renewed passport in 24 hrs. I was able to achieve the feat and I arrived at the airport the next morning ready to try another attempt. Everything went smooth and to my surprise, I was upgraded to first class. I tell you with no exaggeration it was the best plane ride of my life thus far. Happy ending right ? Well I finally arrived to Egypt to find out my luggage was missing and I could not receive it for another three days. Your perspective determines your mindset when the unexpected happens. I had a choice to let these mishaps ruin the start of my trip or make the best out of the situation. I'm glad I chose the latter because I had an amazing time seeing the wonders of a beautiful country and meeting new people. Everything worked out in the end.
We all make plans, but the unexpected happens often on our journeys to our personal destinations. (Careers, relationships, goals). How you handle the curve balls is an important factor in the build up of your character and how you treat others. I've learned when God is the pilot of my life He gives me the best example to follow in His son Jesus. Do I always follow this example ? Definitely not as I've made my fair share of mistakes and decisions I'm not so proud of. But in 2017 I'm TRYING to allow God to be my pilot in ALL areas of my life. I've rebooked my flight again but to the destination God wants me to go and to the person He wants me to become.
Previously, In my own thoughts I've asked if it was by divine reason or a case of bad luck behind the hassle to get to Egypt. I've wondered if I would have to wait years to make sense of it all. But then I realized I don't need to wait. I get to share this experience with you and that reason alone is more than enough for me. No matter where you've been or where you thought you were going it is not too late to rebook your flight. It's not too late to give God a chance to be your pilot on the journey you're on. There might be some delays, turbulence, or even 1 or 2 stop offs. But if He is the captain of your flight he will get you there safe. Plus you never know....you might get upgraded to First Class.
Nicholas Bowden (@nickworldtour) is Co-Founder and leader of The LIFT Project. He Graduated from Seton Hall University and is a teacher in Central New Jersey. He enjoys playing competitive sports, traveling, trying new food, and catching up on comic books in his free time.