Last week on my flight, we were rerouted to the Shreveport, Louisiana airport to refuel because we couldn’t land in Houston, Texas. The landing conditions were unsafe due to terrible weather.
In Shreveport, we had to wait many cramped and uncomfortable airport hours before we could head back over to Houston. When we re-boarded our aircraft and were ready to take off again, I learned that the storm had wandered all the way over to greet us in Shreveport. We were now cleared to land in Houston, but we weren’t cleared to take off from Shreveport. What a mess!
Our plane finally took off after an hour of sitting in our seats on the runway. When we were airborne and had reached cruising altitude, the skies were rough. The turbulence was so bad that there were a few audible gasps whenever the plane jolted. There’s a fear that tries its best to grab hold of your heart in a circumstances like this.
So I prayed. Not a talking prayer, but a listening prayer. “God, what are you up to?” I asked. “You’re going to make it,” He reassured me. And peace, the kind that surpasses understanding, flooded my heart.
Turbulence loses all of its sting when you know you’re going to make it. It’s like watching a character go through hard times in a movie, but you know the ending so you’re not worried.
I was reminded of the story of Jesus from Mark 4:35-41. In this story, Jesus tells His disciples that they’re going to cross to the other side of the sea. Mid-journey a terrible storm hits them and the disciples, afraid, go to look for Jesus. They find Him sleeping in the stern and so they wake Him up. Jesus gets up, tells the storm to calm down, it does, and then Hes asks them why they have such little faith…
Why would He question their faith? Crazy storms are scary! When I was meditating on this piece of scripture, I felt like the Lord was teaching me. The reason He questioned their faith was that they were afraid despite the fact that Jesus had already told them they would make it.
Have faith, He’s saying you’re going to make it. So… if you think about it, fear and anxiety are really useless emotions for you right now. Through turbulence, delays, and whatever else comes your way… You’re going to make it.