The Journey Begins.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
There’s less than 2 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are threatening a comeback win to take the division. I’m nervous, my heart is racing, and I realize I’m starting to mimic my dad. “Of course, typical Vikings, we always blow it.” I’m hoping the Vikings pull it out as this might be the last game I get to see for a couple years. My flight to Haiti is set to take off the next morning at 5a.m., less than seven hours away. *Ba-ding* My phone is letting me know I just got an email. I glance quickly at the e-mail and it informs me that my flight has been canceled. “Oops, sorry” they say. The game is back and I ignore that my entire plans have just had a wrench thrown in them. The Vikings pull off the win, I celebrate with my friends, and then proceed to say my goodbyes.
As I’m shutting the door on the last departing friend the phone rings, it’s American Airlines kindly informing me again that my flight has been canceled, and that they aren’t able to reschedule me. I call them up and run through various scenarios and flight plans for the next half-hour, when finally the agent finds a plan that’ll get me to Haiti. So, what was supposed to be a seven hour travel journey just turned into a twenty-two hour journey with a nice long lay-over in Dallas. I’m thankful to the agent for getting me to Haiti, and surprisingly chill with it all.
These next two years are going to be quite the journey, and filled with moments like this. I used to get upset when I didn’t have control over a situation, but after my time in Haiti have learned to almost enjoy these otherwise annoying speed bumps. Things operate differently in Haiti than they do here, and it is great. Plans can turn on a dime and people go about their business in a seemingly slower, but often times well thought out, manner. So it is totally appropriate to start my journey off by hopping around the country, sleeping in airports, and being at the mercy of an ofttimes flippant airline industry.
It’s important to place your trust in God and roll with the punches. The later flight plan afforded me time to accomplish a couple things I wasn’t going to be able to before my flight left, so it actually worked out for the better. As I’m getting ready to head to the airport in a couple of hours I have a giant smile on my face and enormous anticipation for what this journey’s going to throw at me next. Trust God, roll with the punches, and don’t take life too seriously. Life’s just better that way.
– Jake Stebbing
P.S. Go Vikes!