It’s Labor Day afternoon, I’m on a return flight with my wife by my side; I have the window seat with a glorious view of puffy, cotton ball clouds dotting the horizon – as far as I can see. A young girl with blonde braided hair and a pink shirt, age 11, sits by my wife in the aisle seat. She has an iPhone and earbuds in. She’s flying alone, but not for the first time. Her pink shirt reminds me of my own sixteen year old daughter who we left this morning at a full-time ballet school in the northeast. It was a sad, but sweet goodbye, as my emotions hit turbulence with the fasten seat belt sign on.
It’s time to remember a familiar truth – A truth all Christians struggle to live out in practice. It’s time to trust the Lord with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding. A time to acknowledge my dependence on Him with what I can and can’t see. It’s time to turn away from evil thoughts, the fear of man, and what could go wrong. This is not only truth fit for this situation, it’s also truth to live by throughout life.
With this fresh reminder, I confess my need to leave my teenage daughter in His care and pray for her two roommates whom we met for the first time. One from Japan, eighteen, shy, barely speaks English, who cried when hugged and told she would be helped with the transition by her new friends. The other roommate, seventeen, from New Orleans, has a Mormon background, and is sweet, polite, and bubbly. I still see the image of the three of them hugging as my wife and I left for the airport to head back to Georgia.
The girl on the plane interrupts my thoughts. She wants a picture of the clouds. I try to lean back so she can take a good shot from the aisle seat, her blue eyes smiling as she chews a piece of gum. She’s going to visit her mom who recently moved to South Carolina.
In the light of Proverbs 3:5-7, I know I can trust an All-Wise, Good and Sovereign God, while praying for three ballerinas and a girl from a broken home as I travel back to a house where my sixteen year old leaves behind a pink – missing her – room.
Behind the lines
I wrote the above for Fighter Verses – an extension of the Ministry of Children Desiring God. They asked me to write a post for them on Proverbs 3:5-7 many weeks before and it all came together in God’s Providence on a Labor Day plane ride.
- What circumstances are you in that you need to surrender and trust Him with?
- Are you depending on Him, or are you determined to make it in your own wisdom?
- Who has the Lord directed your way recently that you can love, serve, and point to Him?