International Travel: A Feat Not for the Faint-Hearted

0 comments Posted on May 7, 2019

by Grace Fox

My husband and I recently spent two weeks in the Middle East for ministry purposes. When it came time to head home, our flight from Egypt left an hour late. By the time we landed in Istanbul, our connecting flight to London was twenty minutes into boarding.

We happened to be situated in the last seats on the flight from Egypt. The clock ticked and stress rose as we waited for the other passengers to disembark. Then we had to pass through a security check before finding our next gate.

Istanbul’s airport is huge. We ran and prayed, “God, hold the plane. God, hold the plane!”

The last passengers to board, we flopped into our seats and wiped the sweat from our faces. “Thank You,” I whispered.

Two minutes later, the plane’s captain announced, “London’s airport is backlogged. We’ll delay our departure for 45 minutes.” Hubby and I stared at each other and laughed. “There’s always an upside,” I said. “Now our suitcases have a better chance of making this connection with us.”

I put my earphones in, found a good movie to watch, and settled in for the second of three flights home. Only another 16 hours to go, I thought. Oh, the romantic life of international travel.

Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of nine books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a sending agency with 225 missionaries in 26 countries.


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