Dog on a Plane

Maybe you’ve never heard of the movie “Snakes on a plane” I hope you haven’t wasted your $7.50 to see it.

Today I got to experience “Dogs on the plane”.


Now, you all know the moment as the plane is filling up and you’re hoping your middle seat doesn’t suddenly turn into a captive situation as you await to see who will sit by you. Little did I know it wouldn’t be a who but it would be a what.

Sunny was his name and using his 90 lbs frame to occupy my foot space was his game. His handler was a sweet older lady who was no match for his size. Though he was being trained to be a handi-dog to detect seizures, he had a difficult time noticing the one brewing in me.

That’s when it hit me: discomfort – it would mark my experience for the next 4 hrs. I didn’t like that. I wanted to change that. But the lesson I learned in the time that followed was one we all must learn.

Discomfort is a part of life. It can affect your attitude and alter your experience or you can adapt and adjust. We can actually let it shape our hearts.

We live in a culture that craves comfort. We seek to avoid discomfort at all cost. But the truth is discomfort and unease are a part of our unfolding experiences. It’s the people who can adjust attitudes and adapt their actions and reactions that still seem to experience joy.

Now do we need to seek out discomfort to learn this? No. It will eventually find you. You don’t have to stay and settle for it, just don’t seek to flee immediately from it. It has the potential to shape your character.

God can use temporary discomfort to create permanent change within our character – if we allow

“Dog on a Plane” shaped me. It helped me remember that my life is to be lived on mission and that even on a dream weekend trip – it’s still not all about me.

I need to have a heart that shows compassion, over a mind that seeks out comfort. There are many folks like Sunny’s owner who need compassion more than added critique.

God used my discomfort to form my character in those moments. And that is a trade He will make often because it’s the most beneficial. And it’s a trade that ultimately shapes me for the better.

I arrived at our destination, no worse for the wear. I was able to help and cheer on Sunny and his owner. My discomfort had ceased, but my character was changed.

How has God used temporary discomfort to shape your permanent character?

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