Our family loves travel like E.T. loves home.
But travel is often tough. Uncomfortable, patience-stretching, anxiety-producing tough. This is what we’ve learned – it doesn’t matter whether it’s a road trip, or driving a carpool, or taking a bus downtown, or business commuting to 3 cities in a day, or something more exotic.
(In case you can’t read this it says there may not be a toilet on the plane :))
Although travel can reveal our character, God can also use it to refine our character.
Recently, we were headed out on a trip and John discovered the night before that he had booked his flight for 7 P.M. and mine for 7 A.M. (Uh, no…I have no idea how that happened).
When we arrived, we found that he had booked our rental car for a different city (on the opposite coast) where he had traveled not long ago.
While walking to the car rental desk we got a call from our friends who were supposed to host us in their home, saying they had food poisoning and we’d have to find a hotel.
Lastly, when we were heading home, a freak snowstorm hit and our flight was cancelled.
We’d like growth to happen while we’re flying first-class with wine and fluffy pillows, but that’s not the way it works. Growth is uncomfortable – found in the middle seat at the back of the plane or in the driver’s seat of a mini-van carrying toddlers.
Sooooo, on our recent trip, as I was glaring at my husband and suggesting alternate forms of transportation while standing at the rental car desk, I had the opportunity to pray “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner. Please give me the grace and patience you’ve shown me for others.”
When our flight was cancelled it was a chance to pray for perspective and repeat a line that we heard years ago and has become our refrain in situations when things go wrong: “You can cancel my flight, but you can’t cancel my day.”
When one thing after another seemed to go wrong we could still choose to pray with gratitude for all that was good. We had some mentors years ago who would say to each other while traveling “There’s no one I’d rather be lost with than you!” and we’ve adopted it for another one of our travel mantras.
“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” G.K.Chesterton
Wherever you’re traveling today, whether cross-town or cross-country, which of these prayers do you need most? What’s one of your worst travel experiences?