My wife works at the airport here in Northwest Arkansas (XNA). She said yesterday was probably one of the worst days she has ever had and she has worked there for almost four years. It was a combination of things that made it difficult, but the hardest was having to tell people who had bought their tickets sometimes months ago that there were no more seats available. Anyway, I spent a large chunk of the afternoon waiting around for her and my daughter to fly out for a quick spring break trip. As I waited, it was interesting to observe the people, especially the business travelers looking not at all thrilled to be flying with all these families, kids, etc. I know that many of you can totally relate.
As I observed many of these people trying to get out of here yesterday, it made me think about the challenges that go with jobs requiring constant business travel. I know this may be fun or exciting for some, especially at the beginning, but most report this wears off quickly and they would love to be able to stay home. The constant travel hassles, hotel life and being away from friends and family really take their toll over time. Often times we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations with constant temptation to let down our guard when traveling. I have talked to several over the years that gave in to those temptations and ended up terribly regretting what it cost them.
Most of you probably know someone who headed out on the road yesterday or this morning. Pray for these co-workers and for the situations they may encounter this week. It would probably be a tremendous encouragement to them if you texted or emailed them a note letting them know that they are in your prayers today. Most likely they never got a message like that and it may be just what they need to get through another business trip this week.