Today I am going to Montana to visit my mom. As I observe people and situations, I will listen for what the Holy Spirit wants to teach me along the way and share them as my Montana musings. Thanks for joining me on this adventure!
My travel day began with more adventure than I intended. Considering myself a seasoned traveler, I tend to be impatient with the foibles of less seasoned companions. But this morning, I was the novice.
I arrived at the airport in plenty of time, I dropped my bag off and moved through security in record time. As I collected my belongings, I realized I left my Yeti in the bathroom outside of security. Immediately turning to go back to the bathroom, I checked with TSA to ensure it was okay to go out and come through security again. Cleared to do so, I hurried through the automatic doors with the recorded voice advising me that I was moving into an unsecured area and I MUST NOT TURN AROUND. At that same moment, the sickening realization that I left my driver’s license in the grey security bin hit me. Without considering the ramifications, I turned around!
The alarm instantly made me aware of my mistake and the hurried movements of the TSA personnel confirmed I had erred. The doors automatically locked and six pairs of eyes trained on me as I apologized profusely, explaining I left my ID in the grey tubs.
Looking frantically with no sign of my ID unnerved me but just that quickly one of the TSA personnel spied it in a tub coming down the conveyor. After retrieving it, another kind TSA employee called the police officer who was coming to assess the threat, letting them know she had me in her sights and it was okay to unlock the door again. She led me through the doors to meet the officer and assured him the threat was neutralized.
I walked quickly to the bathroom, retrieved my Yeti from another kind airport employee and returned to do the whole security thing again. They were just as thorough the second time through but this time I didn’t forget anything. Two passages came to mind as I pondered the adventurous beginning to my day.
19Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.James 1:19-20
…don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.Philippians 2:3
Today I was reminded to approach all of life with humility, understanding that we all have foibles. It is what makes us human and lovable. Too many times, impatience, annoyance and even resentment wells up when others slow me down. Today, I caused a stir, slowing down the security lines, making others wait because of my humanness. Everyone was so gracious with me. I want to pass that on to someone else, too!
What about you? Is your righteous indignation necessary? Are you impatient with others, forgetting that you do the same things? How can you be gracious to others today?