· Ministry to Men

Changes of plans


By Bishop Gary Mueller


I left my office late Thursday morning on January 6 to catch a flight from Little Rock to Nashville for a gathering of UM leaders.


I had to fly to Dallas to get to Nashville.


Just as I was about to board the plane in Little Rock, my Dallas-to-Nashville flight was canceled because of the snowstorm barreling through Tennessee.


With the help of some wonderful people, I was rebooked on a late-night flight and placed on standby for an afternoon flight. Soon the afternoon flight was canceled, and it looked to me like the night flight might be as well, so I got a hotel at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, and I booked a new flight for early Friday morning.


The Friday flight to Nashville was routed through Raleigh-Durham.


It was smooth sailing, although I did wonder if my luggage would make it since it had disappeared from my app. But, when I turned on my phone after landing in Nashville, it miraculously appeared on my app, but it was not scheduled to get there for two-and-a-half hours. So, I waited. When the plane with my luggage arrived, I waited some more. And then some more since it was the last bag off the plane.


After an uneventful Lyft ride, I finally made it to the hotel and was blessed by my time with leaders of UM Men.


As I’ve reflected on all of this, I realize my travel experience is a lot like the journey of getting to God. It involves twists, turns, unexpected delays and changes of plans. But when you finally arrive, you realize it was worth every minute of the journey.


 Bishop Gary Mueller, vice-president

General Commission on UM Men



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