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Tuesday Thoughts 5-7-19

Friday night I was sitting in a plane on the airport tarmac for an hour absolutely fuming that my flight toward home was already late, which would cause my connecting flight to be missed, as well as an unnecessary and expensive night in a New York hotel.  I fumed at the airlines, the weather (the supposed reason for delay), and…God.  He knew!  He knew my weariness, schedule, aversion to being away from home, and still he let this happen!  I’m embarrassed to share that immaturity with you but if I ever seem self-righteous, feel free to remind me.  What makes it even more regrettable is that none of my hopeless expectations happened.  The flight was held, I got a ride in a cart through the airport and arrived at the expected destination as if everything had gone according to plan.  Well, of course, everything had gone according to plan…God’s plan.  I was right, he knew.  He knew the end, the disruption, the check this delay would be on my character and faith.  He even knew just how I would “fail” this test.  But he also knew I needed it.  I can’t be sure how long it will last, but for a while, I’ll be thinking about the power and faithfulness of our Creator with the next thing that is different than my expectations (it could happen any time now).  I realize this is small potatoes compared to the life and death struggles of this broken world, but the issue is the same whether things are simply irritating, or potentially devastating, do we trust Jesus?  Peter, the failure-turned-follower wrote it this way, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.   These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6–7 (NLT).  What are your particular challenges today?  He knows…bring them to him and listen for his voice.


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