There are a variety of fears that can keep people from traveling on a plane. Despite being the safest form of mass transportation, some of the most common are the fear of a sudden machine or technological failure, of tight or crowded spaces, and of course, the active threat of terrorism that still looms around the world.
Another common challenge that can prevent certain individuals from flying, but is perhaps the least discussed, is when an airline has ever lost or mishandled their luggage in the past. According to an international company that tracks the overall baggage handling performance of all major airlines, a staggering 21 million bags are reported mishandled each year.
This perhaps explains why immediately after deplaning, passengers will often race through the terminal in order to get into position to claim their bags. Although designed to revolve, as soon as the carousel or conveyor belt assigned to their flight begins to move, one of the most unfortunate results of air travel phobia is bound to occur:
Someone will choose to chase their baggage.
It is amazing how quickly a person can lose sight of the fact that every bag they are chasing, will eventually pass by them again if they are just willing to wait a little while longer. But when it comes to those things we believe either belongs to us, or that which we believe has been promised to us by God, the process of waiting is one most never fully embrace.
In Romans 8:24-25, the Apostle Paul felt it was important to remind them again about the amazing freedom that comes from a life that is dependent on God:
“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”
Even though there may be times when it seems we are revolving through life with nothing to show for it, we must never lose patience and chase after blessings that were designed to chase after us.
Minor delays can often be the way that God prepare us for major victories. Have confidence this new year that the blessings that belong to you will eventually come around.