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n the movies, people depict delays as inconvenient, disorderly, stressful, and chaotic. I’m sure many of you would agree that’s how a lot of people would still define it. But during a recent experience at the airport during my honeymoon, I learned how to best roll with the punches. And perhaps God desires us to deal with life’s delays a bit differently than we might expect.

We’re Not in Charge

In the Bible, it’s made clear to us that no matter how much we plan and articulate He’s the one in charge.

Proverbs 16:9 reaffirms this:

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”(Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭9,‬ ‭NLT‬‬). 

It’s also clear in the Scriptures that trouble will come.  Even when you’re doing everything right. So why are we surprised when the delays of life get in our way? It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? 

In my recent journey from dating to getting proposed, marrying, going on a honeymoon, and having surgery, I was surprised at how smoothly things transformed. That’s until our plane ticket home began to cause some tension. 

After three days in the airport and twenty delays later, I pressed into the tension instead of ignoring it and hoped for it to go away. From damaged and lost luggage to boarding a plane three times only to unboard, life certainly has a way of throwing curveballs at even the most organized, wise, and faithful individuals. 

As the issue grew further and further from my grasp, the calmer I felt. I wasn’t in control and knew that. But I know now that God was watching over us that day.

So how do we deal with or navigate life’s unexpected delays? These are three tips that being stuck at an airport for three days has taught me.