It happened. Hurricane Florence changed my course today.

Photo by NASA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9880899b) A handout photo made available by NASA on 13 September 2018 shows Hurricane Florence seen from a camera outside the International Space Station (ISS), in space, 12 September 2018, as the storm churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles an hour. The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and South Carolina early 14 September. Hurricane Florence seen from space, Atlantic Ocean, USA – 12 Sep 2018

Although she’s over 1,200 miles away, Florence changed my course.

My flight to Brussels via JFK was delayed to the point I wouldn’t make my connection and so Delta kindly re booked me to Brussels via Amsterdam (and gave me a courtesy upgrade to business class!). It means I’m going to sit here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport for a total of 9 hours – but at least I should ultimately get to my intended destination by tomorrow night.

A new route to the same destination.

It’s a good reminder that I am not in control. The words that James wrote the first generation of Christians come to mind.

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow… Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” 
James 4:13-16

There are a lot of powerful forces at work in the world. It is important to keep perspective as no amount of planning changes the reality that I am not in control. But God is. And he is the ultimate force. Knowing that God is good, this reality is both reassuring and humbling.

Lord-willing, I’ll get to our team in Lille, France, sometime tomorrow evening.

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