Waiting to Land

I fly a lot. Not as much as some but enough to have given me a lot of experiences.

I’m not talking about being delayed or having a flight canceled. I mean losing an engine in mid-flight or landing and then aborting the landing and taking off again because there was another plane on the same runway. Not to mention some of the most amazing and interesting people I’ve been able to sit next too in all of my airtime.

Recently I was thinking about how when you fly from one city to another, you can’t see were your going. You can look out a window but not forward. That’s someone’s head or the back of the seat in front of you.

Delta has this tv channel on some flights where you can watch an airplane icon move slowly across a simple map that posts the names of some major cities as you fly near them. It’s a little interesting but I find myself with certain emotions that the little bit of info this channel provides.

delta flight tracker channel

When I look at it, I sometimes feel great because I can see we are almost to our destination. Sometimes I get bummed realizing we are not very far OR bummed because the flight has been great and is almost over. I’ve actually found myself just staring as it moves so slowly across the screen.

Does it really help to know how far we have to go or how far we’ve come?

I think maybe in some cases yes.

But sometimes we can spend too much time measuring progress that we miss the most amazing views.

When I’m staring at the little airplane on the screen, I’m not looking out the window to enjoy where I’m at. I’m missing reality for a progress chart.

I’ve heard it said that the greatest present of God is being in His presence. I might miss that if I’m too focused on the map and progress.

Is that what God said by “THIS is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad IN IT!”?

I personally need to be more in the present and take in the Presence. I already have a confirmed destination in Jesus. I’ll get there when the pilot says I should. Until, I need to enjoy the window view. It’s amazing!

God is good all the time!

Peder

Seatbelts

In the years I have been able to drive a vehicle, I’ve driven over 1,000,000 miles! It’s crazy. And I’ve flown over 1 million miles as well! I get tired thinking about it. The part of grace that overwhelms me is being accident-free in both forms of travel. (Yes, I really appreciate being accident free when it comes to air travel :))

I have been in a car accident though. I claim accident-free driving because I was 100 percent not at fault for this accident. It also showed me the dire importance of God’s word in our hearts and daily lives.

Let me explain.

As a newly engaged guy, I was driving a Mercury Tracer down a four-lane highway. It was snowing and the traffic was tight but still moving about 40 mph. As the highway curved, a Suzuki Samuri jeep going the opposite direction lost control and jumped the median.

I saw it coming and immediately locked my arms to brace for the impact. The jeep hit me and another car head on. It crushed the whole right side of my car, and we spun in our lane.

It took a second to sit and breathe, but then I was able to get out of my vehicle and check on the other drivers. All were good. The cars, not so much. All three cars were totaled.

It could have been worse. I remember thinking I was grateful for my quick reaction to brace myself before impact.

The next morning as I was getting ready I noticed something on my skin. From the top of my left shoulder diagonally across my chest was bruised and a rope-burn-type mark near my hip. I realized it was the mark from seatbelt where it had held me during impact in the accident!

I didn’t hold myself when the jeep hit me head on. It was my seatbelt. I learned later that trying to hold yourself during impact of a car accident is useless. It’s like sticking your arms straight out in front of you and run at a wall as fast as you can. Let me know how that turns out.

The thing is I grew up without wearing a seatbelt. I began to wear it when states made it a law. Then I made it a habit.

I really love that law! Because of it, I walked away from a pretty big impact with some soreness and bruising but that’s it.

My point is not to get into a seatbelt law good or bad debate. It’s more important than that.

It’s about why God says to meditate on Him and His Word all the time. It’s why He gave us Commandments to obey. It’s why he calls the Word a Living Word and that we need this Bread of Life every day. It’s why we want to make it a habit.

There are so many times in life that we cannot see what’s coming; we cannot prepare for impact. And even if we have that quick reaction, we cannot save ourselves.

This world is full of unwanted surprises, tragedies, pain, and hurt.

Jesus did not promise a life without hurt. He did, however, give us truth to wrap ourselves in: that He would never leave us, and if we put God’s Word in our lives daily we will know real living, even in moments of impact.

Maybe it’s time to create a new seatbelt habit with God’s Word?

Some how for you were you are taking in God’s absolute truth for the moments you see coming and the ones who surprise you. It can be really good for us to love the Law!

Buckle up! (spiritually speaking)

God is good all the time!

Peder

Waiting…

I’m sitting in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport right now. I have about three hours before my flight to Memphis and then home to Minneapolis. I’m here so early because I was trying to get on an earlier flight home. I looked online and the possibilities to get a seat were good.

I’m not sure what happened but somewhere between looking online and arriving at the airport, all of the seats were filled with no chance of standby. I am so bummed. I love the idea of getting home earlier than planned. Instead I wait…and wait…and wait.

It’s not like I don’t get to go home. I will still get to go home and see my family, but I had built up some anticipation about the earlier homecoming.

I think it’s like that when God asks us to wait on Him. I don’t know about you but I love to have plans and have them work out they way I want, when I want. Yet my timing is not God’s timing. When the scripture says Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:14), I always know it’s right and good but it sure can be hard to change my anticipated plans.

Every time I have forced the issue, every time I have taken matters into my own hands, I have been disappointed. God’s plans are always better than mine.

It’s not about getting home early; seeing my family earlier seems like nothing but upsides. It’s about trusting God even though I want something different than He has planned. It’s about trusting God even when things aren’t going my way.

It’s hard.

Yet still I wait because (this is the best part) my Abba Father is waiting with me and He is doing something in me while I wait. I believe it!

Take heart, my friends. Though the waiting isn’t fun, His plans are always worth it.

Peder