Worth the wait.

We got to the airport early. We got a good parking spot. The bag check went well. We got the fast lane for the TSA screening and didn’t have to take off our belts or shoes. We sat at the gate and used the free wifi.

And then I got the message saying our flight was delayed.

We knew the layover in Chicago would be shortened so we shared a sandwich.

The flight was delayed again. And then all the flights to Chicago were cancelled.

The gate agent got us routed through Detroit, three hours from now. We got on the plane. We waited for some maintenance problem. Then we got off the plane.

The same rough weather that had closed Chicago had now closed Detroit.

“We are worth the wait,” was the text from our destination.

An hour later, we got back on the plane and left Fort Wayne. We spent seven hours waiting to leave our own airport. We got to our destination more than five hours later than we had planned.

But the lights were still on. Our friends were still waiting. The hugs were still warm. And all the delays were for our safety.

Since we arrived, we’ve vacated. We’ve talked and slept and run and eaten. I set another personal record for the 10K. I discovered that the hills I had been dreading since signing up for the race were apparently runable. I discovered that I can run in wind, I can run in snow, I can run.

As I sit in the basement writing, listening to the laughing upstairs, I wonder if this is the kingdom of heaven: A journey with hopeful beginnings and unexpected delays, knowing that there is a welcome at the end and conversations all along the way. And when we get there, conversations around a table and hard work that brings delight.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

2 thoughts on “Worth the wait.

  1. Regarding the airport wait…I understand perfectly! It is still very fresh in my memory from our recent European trip! You might be able to give a couple of guys a lesson in waiting in airports!

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  2. Congrats on finishing the race Jon. As I was reading your post I couldn’t help thinking about the similarity to life’s journey I rush to get to the airport early only to wait, then experience change, then wait some more but having the destination in mind makes all the difference. Thanks for the reminder.

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