All things work together for good

Began Springer | 5/16/2012, 6 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE-NEWARK (May 15, 2012)--Greetings from 30,000 feet, as a week of travels flies me across the aerial highways, from the Northeast to the Southeast back to the Northeast and on to the West Coast.

Well, I had not planned to return to the Northeast so quickly, but I had little option because I missed my flight from Fort Lauderdale to Houston with connecting service to Las Vegas to attend a hotel convention on Tuesday morning.

After my 4:30 a.m. wake-up call in Miami Tuesday morning, I made my way to Fort Lauderdale to board United's 7:10 a.m. flight to Houston. I was on time. Well, so I thought.

On arrival, I was told that flight was scheduled to depart at 6:05 a.m., and even though I had checked in online, my bags now wouldn't make it and I would have to be routed through Chicago on a stand-by basis.

Learning of my disappointment, a West Indian baggage handler suggested to the agent that she explore options for me at Newark Airport. Both the agent and I were thankful for his suggestion, as she was able to speedily confirm me on flights to Newark, then on to Las Vegas.

I expressed my disappointment; it was unlike me to miss flights, even though I am notoriously late arriving at airports in order to spend less time waiting to board flights.

But the agent appealed to me to relax, as everything happens for a reason. As I sit in a comfy exit row seat, I reflect on those two excellent United Airlines staffers who got my day back on track after an annoying bump in the road.

The scriptures teach us all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose, and that we should be anxious in nothing.

These divinely simple words brought calm to me and the knowledge that everything would work out.

And here I am, a few hours late to Vegas, but with the laptop fully charged, it's an opportunity to get work done and stretch out in my premium seat assignments in coach class.

With about 70 words remaining in my column, I encourage you, too, to embrace the detours that are inevitably part of life's journey. We have to embrace them and understand that every setback in life is nothing but a setup for a comeback.

Resist the temptation to have your valuable energy sapped by negative emotions when we drift off course. Instead, take a deep breath, find the solutions, stay the course and thank and praise the most high God for always guiding our steps.

Have a blessed weekend.