2 Corinthians 4:8-9 — We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; 9 we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. (HCSB)
John 14:2 – In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. (HCSB)
Recently my husband and I flew from Richmond, Va to a conference in San Diego, Ca. What an adventure! When we got to the airport in Richmond, we happened to meet up with some friends who were taking the same trip. We all discovered that our original airplane had problems but another plane would take us to Houston, Texas to meet our connecting plane to San Diego. The plane was small, crowded, and not even close to what we wanted. It was also behind schedule coming into Richmond, and of course, behind schedule getting to Houston. After a mad run through the Houston airport, we discovered that we had missed our connecting flight! The people at the airport were very nice, and one especially concerned airline employee was very excited that she had found us seats on a plane to San Francisco. The problem was that our plans were for San Diego NOT San Francisco! The names sounded somewhat similar, but they are very different places. After a long wait with (by now) good friends, we were able to catch a flight to San Diego, and even though the journey was not as we had planned, the place that had been prepared for us at the end of our journey was more than worth the hassle of getting there. As I was drinking my coffee this morning and thinking about all of this, I started thinking of how our trip was like life. We think we have it all planned out and things should run smoothly, but something comes along and throws our lives completely off schedule. We may have been totally innocent in the chain of events that caused the disruption, but we are suffering the consequences just the same. Our lives may not be at all what we wanted or expected. It’s not fair; it’s not right; it’s not what we planned. We can run around trying to fix it. We may encounter some very nice people who want to help make things better but are trying to send us where we don’t need to go. What they tell us may sound similar to God’s words, but they have very different meanings. The only thing we can do is stay on course and hopefully have some good friends by our side! Life is not fair; things aren’t always right; life doesn’t always go the way we planned. But, God calls us to stay on course. He doesn’t promise it will be what WE wanted or what WE had planned. He just promises that the place that is prepared for us at the end of our journey is more than worth the hassle of getting there! Thank You, Lord for preparing a place for me for the end of my journey. Thank You for friends to make the difficult times a little easier to bear.