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-than-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).



As AD2013 comes to a close . . . .


What events will occur in the year of our Lord 2014?  How will our wonderful and holy Creator-God manifest His glory unto this groaning world, during Earth’s next lap around the sun?  How will we humans appreciate God’s redemptive and providential deeds?  Will we recognize His clever control of human affairs, as well as His caring kindness for those who appreciate His Word of grace?  Will I/we be habitually thankful?  Or will I be an ingrate, covetous of what others have, and wishing for what is not mine?  Some things I am not destined to have, and other things I am destined to have, later, but  not now.  Will I trust God to wisely assign my lot in life, so that my earthly days honor Him, bless others, and avoid unnecessary grief?  May this new year be one that glorifies my/our Lord Jesus Christ, as I/we strive to honor His written Word (the Holy Bible).  Happy, holy new year!  ><> JJSJ

COMMENTARY:  See James 4:13-15