Believers Must Maintain Obedience In The Face Of Unexpected Challenges
“The Lord will keep you from all evil, he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your comings and goings, now and forever.
As you walk with the Lord, prepare for many unexpected surprises. Some come as a test of faith, and some come just because, and both always out of love. Remember, when you and I remain in the posture of obedience, then we will be witnessing the movement of God and on our behalf.
The day had finally arrived for a well-deserved vacation home to visit family and friends. What made it special was also a surprise visit with my father. I started my morning as always in the presence of the Lord. However, that day I was invited to participate in a morning prayer group on Facebook, where, at the end, participants can send a prayer request. I mentioned my next trip. And a mighty prayer for safe travel was spoken over me.
“This is why I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ”
It was a good day to fly. Everything seemed to go as planned. Or so I thought. How many know the importance of making room for change when it comes to God.
“And he that sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ He also said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ ”
My flight was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. for Newark Liberty International Airport, arriving at 10:30 p.m. During the drive to the airport, I sang praises to the Lord, while thanking him for his kindness.
“I will give thanks to the Lord for his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
Upon entering the airport parking lot, I did not hear the first notification on my phone warning me of an hour late for my flight. New arrival time 11:30 pm I relayed the message to my family in New York. I explained that it had been reported that bad weather in New Jersey was the cause of my delay. My brother, who at the time was in Newark awaiting my arrival, told me that the weather was fine. I decided to dismiss the case as I boarded the shuttle bus to the main terminal. Then suddenly, and before departure, there was a last minute change of drivers. Both were very nice and helpful which allayed my theft issues.
When I arrived at the airline customer service counter, the attendant asked if I was aware of the flight delay and bad weather. I informed him that I was aware of a one hour delay. He then informs me that there has been a second update. My flight was delayed for four hours, which put my arrival at 1:30 am. I expressed my discomfort with flying at this time of night. Seeing in myself that this was becoming a challenge, I quickly surrendered all concerns to the Lord.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may lift you up in due time. Throw all of your anxiety on him because he’s taking care of you.
I went through security and went to a restaurant near my door. At a nearby table sat a young woman who, with her friends from college, was waiting for their flight to California. We discussed our upcoming trips and surprisingly enough our faith. When suddenly I get a third notification: “Your flight has been canceled, please go to customer service for an update and further changes. You can imagine my behavior at this point.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.
Seeing that I was taken by the turn of events while keeping my cool, the question asked by the young lady, “What will you do?” I was aware that she was not only waiting for a response, but also those at the surrounding tables who overheard the conversation. I was led to address my answer only to her: “I could do one of two things. I can get angry and outraged for the inconvenience, which will get me nowhere. Or I can go in love and show respect. To ask questions. And politely listen to a response in the hope of resolving the situation. I choose the latter and do it the Lord’s way. Walk in love. She smiled and wished me good luck. And I prayed that she and her friends could travel safely.
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness because of his name.
After several attempts to find suitable flight accommodation which were all off-limits for the next 72 hours; I became keenly aware that God had closed all possible doors on this trip. And I graciously accepted the airline’s sincere apologies and all of the financial credit to be used for another date. I then informed my mother in New York of what had happened. She immediately thanks the Lord for His divine intervention.
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them. ”
Three hours later, I collect my luggage. And to my surprise, the driver of the original shuttle that was changed early was taking me back to my car. She asked what had happened, I explained. Once again, God took this opportunity to use me as a witness in front of another.
As I prepared to leave the garage, I was reminded to contact my cousin Stacey who was expecting me for dinner in New York. Again, I explained what happened. What she shared afterwards overwhelmed me. She informs me that there was a huge thunderstorm unfolding in her area and heading towards New Jersey. I began to thank the Lord because he had protected me from what was invisible. If it hadn’t been for the delays and the cancellation, I would have been on a plane heading for a dangerous situation.
I finished my vacation at home and undisturbed. Choose to spend the five days in the presence of the Lord. And honestly I can say this was the best vacation I have ever seen.
If it weren’t for the Lord, where would we be?
It is never enough to say that we trust the Lord; we really have to believe in the heart what is confessed with our mouth and then live it. I concluded that these “surprises” are designed to occasionally reveal our faith in him and all that that entails. Praise the Lord for his divine protection.
Until we meet again, God bless you and go in peace.
Biblical references: Psalm 121: 7-8 NIV; Mark 11:24; Revelation 21: 5; Psalm 7:17; 1 Peter 5: 6-7: Deuteronomy 31: 8; Psalm 23: 3 KJV; Psalm 34: 7 ESV. To get the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.– Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at [email protected]