Speaker, author, and podcaster Sadie Robertson is encouraging her 3.4 million fans to navigate the delays, changes, and cancellations of life by going to God.
In a recent post to Instagram, Robertson urged her followers to turn their frustration into gratitude by channeling a perspective change.
“Frustrated about the delays and cancellations in your life?!” Robertson asked, on Instagram. “Maybe today that frustration can turn into gratitude from a perspective change.”
“Link in bio to read,” she said, directing fans to her live original blog, where she jumped into the topic of frustration.
In her blog post, Sadie wrote about the airport, pointing out how it’s the best place to people watch, but at the same time seems to be the most stressful place for many.
“When people are stressed, it tends to cause people to get mad, and that anger is normally directed to the people at the counter,” she wrote. “If you have flown then you have seen it – a flight gets delayed or canceled, the line at the counter piles up, and the gate agent has to listen and deal with the frustration from a lot of angry people.”
Robertson shared about one day in particular when she was at the airport, watching a large group of people propel their anger over a delayed flight at a gate agent.
Even though there was a specific reason for the flight delay, the crowd was still angry for the inconvenience.
“This is when I had a realization of air traffic control,” she shared. “There are these people that none of us in the airport, with our oneway track mind, can see and who don’t even consider to blame. These people who see every direction the planes are trying to go from the perspective of the sky so that they can make sure people on the ground can get to where they’re going safely. Their call to delay your flight, because of what they see in the sky, that we are so frustrated on the ground about, is probably literally saving your life.”
The twenty-two-year-old speaker pointed out that this sometimes happens in our lives as well.
“When we get delayed in life or feel like the dreams we had, the success we wanted, the relationship we wanted gets delayed or even canceled we get stressed and then we get angry,” Robertson wrote. “We get angry at the people around us and we get angry at ourselves thinking we aren’t good enough or we must have done something wrong. We blame everyone around us because of everything we see around us. Sometimes we even take this anger and get mad at God. But, I want to challenge you with that anger – would you get mad at air traffic control?”
She encouraged readers to think about flight delays differently, and instead of getting angry at the airline, be grateful for their actions to keep their passengers safe.
Similarly, in life, we should consider this when frustrated with God at our circumstances.
“We forget that we only have the grounds perspective and a oneway track mind when it comes to getting where we are going,” she added. “It is so important we remember God sees our future, all those who we cross paths with, and is considering everyone’s life plan from the sky’s perspective.”
If you are struggling with your current circumstances, take Sadie’s advice and work on changing your perspective. Instead of being angry at God for not giving you what you want, or answering a prayer the way you wanted, remember that He sees much more than we see, and He knows infinitely more than what we know.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) reads:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) reads:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”