The flight was cancelled due to sleet and that caused stress for us all. Even when you work diligently to create a plan for an event things can sometimes change in a moment and you end up scrambling to adjust everything so it will still work out. That’s what happened to my daughter’s birthday plans and a trip to Disneyland.
My beautiful daughter turned 25 this past Monday and we were to be at Disneyland for that memorable day, along with her best friend who currently lives in Texas. Plans changed at 4:30am on the day of the flight and it was cancelled due to the weather. Nearly 1400 passenger flights were cancelled on that same day due to this storm.
When you get news of this nature you could grumble and make everyone around you feel bad because you are inconvenienced and now have to change hotel dates, wait for new airline flight date and times, then shift your schedule by several days to still do what you were planning just now in a different way. Yes, my daughter was a little disappointed to not be at Disneyland on her actual birthday since she was hoping to wear the official birthday button and see what type of fun that allowed her throughout the day.
None of us could change the situation, so why get upset? That’s usually a person’s first reaction, to get upset and then we think things through and realize it was probably for the best. My initial reaction was calm, let’s just rebook the flight and adjust things. Others not so much as frustration, annoyance, maybe even some anger was lingering there due to this happening.
Sometimes you have to look at the overall picture in a different way. My daughter’s best friend if she would have taken her initial flight and landed in Dallas for her layover would have been stranded in an airport for several days due to this storm. That would have been uncomfortable and concerning not only for my daughter’s friend but for myself, my daughter and her family hoping she was safe in that airport. Then there is the concern and stress that would have been on all of us, if the flight had left in these storm conditions. The possible harm there none of us want to even consider.
There is also the day of my daughter’s birthday at Disneyland. The weather was forecasted as thunderstorms on and off all day that day. Would that have made the time in the park fun or also a bit stressful? Would all of the rides she wanted to go on be working due to the storm? The possibilities of things that might have made the day planned stressful and no longer fun began to add up more and more.
Sometimes God redirects our path so that we are safe. You may get irritated due to the inconvenience but the outcome will be far better because you had to wait. Think about that the next time you are driving somewhere and someone slow pulls out in front of you and you are delayed through the light. It might have been to keep you safe. Rather than getting irritated or angry, try being thankful for the change in your path, as it is meant to be a better one.
Have a blessed day!