WHEN WILL THIS AIRPLANE EVER TAKE OFF?
Our work’s done — time to head back,
But, our flight plan’s gotten off-track;
Does the airline care?
We’re going nowhere!
Belted in, we just wait, on the tarmac!
Scheduled departure time was 2:43 p.m., Monday, from Eppley Airport (code: OMA), in Omaha, Nebraska. This limerick was written at about 4:15 p.m., Monday, while seated (and buckled in) in Seat 15F aboard Flight AA 1286, in a cramped-more-thank-justifiable S80 American Eagle “tin can” (full flight, of course): supposedly bound for Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (in Texas), that is if, as, and when it ever departs from Omaha, Nebraska!
UPDATE: the airplane finally lifted off at 4:19 p.m. — so we would get to D/FW, as they say “when we get there”, and not before!
Intentions and plans and schedules are one thing; if, as, and when they occur is quite another thing. The New Testament epistle author James (half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the flesh) wrote of this fact of life, almost 2000 years ago, when he said:
Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, ‘If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that’. (James 4:13-15)
In the meantime, we need to practice patience (James 5:11).