I was awake at 3:30 AM in order to catch an early morning flight.
Almost immediately after boarding the plane, the gentleman behind me started snoring LOUDLY. About every minute or so, he would catch his breath and then suddenly make a sound like a neighing horse. This went on for the full 35-minute flight. So happy he could get some sleep, BECAUSE NO ONE AROUND HIM DID!
On my next leg of the journey, the gentleman beside me decided that he needed more and more seat space. After five and a half hours, I was half way into the aisle getting my elbow hit by the drink cart.
Life can be full of these kinds of little irritants. They’re inconvenient, uncomfortable and, well, down right uncalled for sometimes. And yet, it’s not fully the experience as much as it is a test. It’s a test of what we tell ourselves, our self-talk. It ‘s a test of personal frustration levels. It’s a test of the amount of compassion in our heart. And it can be a test of how much grace we walk in.
We like things our way – the convenient, comfortable way. But that’s just not real life is it? So here’s a tip when one of those life inconveniences comes you way: pray and give thanks.
“Thank you, Father, that I can be on this plane to minister Your life to those that You have assigned to me.”
It will keep your heart right. Besides, the next time you become an inconvenience or an irritant to someone, you’ll hope they took the aforementioned advice.
PS On the final leg of my journey, I was given a free upgrade to first class…”Thank you, Father for this comfortable seat.”