This has been a long and crazy week.
My husband was away on a hunting/ministry directors conference, we've had some friends staying with us while a family member has been in the hospital, father-in-law arrived, also staying with us and 12 hours after my husband got home, I left for a blogging conference.
This morning (thurs) I arrived at the airport at 5:30am and found out the plane was broken and in need of repair. Four hours later and missing 2 connections I get to Atlanta where that plane also was broken and in need of repair. After 15 hours of travelling today, a week of visitors, running a ministry without a husband and active kids I am beat.
Jesus felt this way. After healing a ton of people, He feds 5,000 men (so who knows how many people total), deals with Peter and the walking on water situation and then He took His disciples to Decapolis. Decapolis! The very place that kicked Him out before for healing the demon possessed man (by casting the demons into the pigs). "There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, 'Ephphatha!' (which means 'Be opened'). At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it..." Mark 7:32-36
These people who hated Him before now come flocking, bringing the underprivileged along for their own entertainment. But Jesus sees. He sees the deaf man and pulls him away from the crowd, away as though to show he is not a source of entertainment and heals him.
But then Jesus tells them not to tell others about the situation. That doesn't make sense does it. But sometimes we don't understand why Jesus tells us to do certain things but that doesn't mean we don't have to do it.
Why in the world does God allow logistical nightmares? I don't know but today I came to realize that we might not ever know and that's ok. As we were going in for the landing with nothing but clouds I was reminded we walk by faith and not by sight, just as the pilots had to go in for a blind landing. Sometimes things go wrong and sometime we might never know why God allowed it. It's ok to grieve. It's ok to be disappointed but knowing God and who He is, not knowing the why of the situation is what gives comfort and hope. I don't know why God had me on two broken planes today, but I do know God was never out of control. I do know He walked through the chaos, disappointment and shock with me and that's enough.
PS. You may be wondering what the picture has to do with anything. Well, I wish I could put one of being at the conference but I've never been and I missed the entire first night because of the whole plane fiasco. And I'm missing my little ones a bit so...
And another PS I did get to share the gospel with the guy sitting next to me today on flight #2. God is really pursuing Him and doing neat things in his life. Will you pray for him?
Faith Filled Friday Link Up Blog Hop
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