In case you’ve ever wondered, kayaks can fly. They don’t get very high or fly for very long, but they fly! I just discovered this Sunday while on a trip to the lake with two of them. I glanced into the driver’s side mirror while turning out of my subdivision onto the highway and there it was, gracefully floating about three feet off the ground heading north. And then it got hit by a truck! The thing is, I had just checked the straps that held them onto my trailer before pulling out of the driveway. I carried our twin, blue, watercrafts exactly the same way all last summer with never a hint of them coming loose and taking flight. Nobody who has lived more than a few years here on earth is a stranger to the truth that things happen despite our best efforts and careful planning. Job (pronounced with the long o sound), the Old Testament writer of the book that carries his name put it this way, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.” Job 5:7 (NLT). It doesn’t matter why it is this way (the first two people are the cause of all the trouble), everyone lives with it. At this point, I could go in many directions. We could have discussions about patience, perseverance or lessons to be learned in hardship, but I recommend a much simpler thought: they don’t matter. That’s right, all the ruined plans, broken things, and turns-for-the-worse carry no weight…unless we give weight to them. What does have heft, are forever things! Peter, the headstrong Jesus-follower gives a powerful description and reminder of what matters and why, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” 1 Peter 1:3–4 (NLT). When you are facing the decay and struggle of this dying world I suggest reading and re-reading these two verses over and over. Zero in on the words that the Holy Spirit chose for Peter to use that speak of permanence, value, confidence, and abundance. Connect these things to Jesus (begin a relationship with Him if you haven’t) and pray the joy of them into the depths of your soul!