There is a Yiddish proverb: “Man plans, God laughs.” The meaning is clear. Despite our best efforts at making our lives neat and orderly, ultimately we’re not the ones in charge.
The handful of IFCJ staff and one tour participant from Chicago who went to O’Hare airport today hoping to fly to New York and then Tel Aviv can vouch for the wisdom of this old saying. First, we were told that our flight to New York was delayed. Eventually, we were told that it had been canceled due to a snowstorm in New York. There wasn’t much to do other than to head back to the ticket counter and try to make alternate arrangements.
Well, the arrangements have been made, and we’ll be leaving Chicago tomorrow, arriving in Israel the following day via a different route, weather and God willing. Keep us — and all the Journey Home participants — in your prayers, folks. We’re going to make it to Israel — but clearly we’re not the ones calling that shots here.
Despite the frustration of not being on our way to Israel right now, maybe that’s a good thing to be reminded of.
David Kuner is Editorial Director for The Fellowship