DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… Being Stuck in a Plane

Have you ever been stuck on a plane?  If you have, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  You and a glob of other people stroll onto your plane with all intention of flying off into the clear blue sky .  You stow your bag, fasten your seat belt then the captain’s voice announces a “delay”.   There’s no getting off the plane so you sit.  He says it will be 30 minutes.  Then he comes back and says 45 minutes. An hour and a half later, you’re still sitting on the plane.  You have plans, you have places to go but none of that matters anymore.  You have to accept that you’re not going anywhere.  You’re stuck.

Life can do that to you sometimes.  In life, you can get stuck.  You are going on your merry way and suddenly life gets difficult and there’s no getting out of it.  It may be caused by something you did or by no fault of your own.  Either way, you’re stuck.  Being stuck in life seems to fall into two categories: you have less to do or you have more to do.  Having less is when one day you’re working overtime and the next day you’re looking for a job.  Or one day you’re fit as a fiddle and the next you’re facing a procedure, a biopsy or a lengthy recuperation.  All those times in your busy life you wished for less to do but not like this. You’ve enter a time of your life when your work is is not about your qualifications but about what’s needed.

Then there are the times you find yourself stuck with more.   Sick parents, an unwanted pregnancy, or a second job all bring a stage of life when you need to do more.  When you get stuck it’s good to try to push to get your equilibrium back.  But as you strive to get back on track, you need to accept the work that has been placed before you.  God knows you’re stuck but that doesn’t mean there’s not work for you to do.  Right now your work may be about taking care of children, going back to school, looking for a job, or focusing on getting healthy.  This work may not be what you planned or what you want but if it’s the work you have before you, don’t add to your distress by not accepting it.

Psalm 90:17 says Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! You may distinctly notice that my name is not in that verse. I am not to establish the work of my hands. It’s not my place to decide this is what I should be doing or should not be doing.  It’s the Lord’s place.  Always seek His guidance but then accept the work the Lord has placed before you.  Don’t distress because your life is just like being stuck on a plane– one day you maybe be sitting, but after the delay, you’ll be taking off!

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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