Today’s Scripture: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Waiting in the stark confines of an airport for hours on end due to a delayed flight is nothing short of maddening. Even the countless techy gadgets we have at our disposal today cannot completely alleviate the frustration of waiting.

David Blatner wrote about plane departures in his book, The Flying Book. “Perhaps it is of little comfort, but the next time your airplane lands thirty minutes late, remember the seventeenth-century clipper ships. No one ever expected them to deliver their loads of passengers and cargo on schedule; in fact everyone rejoiced if a ship arrived in the right week or month-or even arrived at all.”

He writes, “If O’Hare airport closes for six hours due to weather, flight schedules can be affected globally. A jet leaving Chicago may be needed in Washington D.C., so that it can take a flight to Los Angeles, and its captain can fly a different jet to Buenos Aires. Most airlines have a rule: Always inconvenience the fewest number of passengers. If that flight to Los Angeles has 220 passengers and there is another airplane flying from Washington D.C., to Denver with only 50 people on it, the airline may cancel the Denver flight and use the airplane to fly to Los Angeles instead. That’s why you may later hear an announcement that your flight is delayed due to weather, even though it’s a beautiful day outside.”

Dear friend, sometimes this is how it is when the believer is following God’s will. Just as the weather in one city affects flights globally, so sometimes God uses circumstances beyond our control to direct our lives. Take comfort today knowing that your Pilot knows far more about your life than you do.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder