Don’t you hate being trapped on an airplane with a stewardess that’s just downright EVIL? Me too!
We had just finished boarding and the aisle was finally clear.
Then this SWEET older gentleman slowly got out of his seat and shuffled the 8 rows toward the front.
He politely asked the stewardess if he could use the LAVATORY. (How cute!)
Not so fast, Buddy!
You would THINK he had run up there brandishing a weapon to hijack the plane!
She promptly raised her RUDE voice, publicly admonished him and sent him packing back to his seat.
Then she immediately went and used the restroom, HERSELF. Then the other stewardess used the bathroom, too.
Apparently, THEY held all the power and wanted to make sure to rub it in!
At 10,000 feet, they finally gave us permission to use our portable electronic devices.
Still in OBVIOUS distress, the little old man PLEADED out loud in such a sweet, strained voice.
“May I use the lavatory NOW?”
This time, the “Gestapo” got up and YELLED at him. “NO! WE will let you know when you can!”
You know, people can be mean to me…and that’s ONE thing. Believe me; I can stick up for myself. (Just ask my family.)
But when I see someone tormenting a helpless 85 year-old man, that’s when I REALLY start smoldering under the collar.
Honestly, I was wishing that I wasn’t heading back to the city where I pastor with a plane full of people who MIGHT recognize me.
“Local pastor arrested at airport. Film at 11:00!”
I think I was MORE upset that they were doing this to him, than if they had actually done it to ME.
At that point, I NEARLY let the natural talent that God gave me to verbalize BUST loose on that airplane!
It’s weird, but I was READY to risk my reputation (and probably some air marshal’s zip-tie hand cuffs) to defend this man that I didn’t even know.
And then I remembered…
“Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.” Proverbs 26:17 (NIV)
God doesn’t want us getting into battles, arguments and situations that have NOTHING to do with us. He’s got it under control.
It can be HARD to stay out of other people’s business…right? But jumping in where we don’t belong is a sure way to get BITTEN!
Be honest. Have you ever lost control and stuck your nose in where it didn’t belong? How did it work out for you?