Do Not Fear: Flying and Hurricane Sandy

I’ve had coverage of Hurricane Sandy running in the background all day.  I keep thinking…I am about to get on a plane. YIKES!

Will my flight be cancelled?  Delayed? On-time?

I am flying from Columbus, Ohio, to Houston, Texas, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  While that’s not in Sandy’s direction, the cancelled flights and closed airports in other states are causing a domino effect.

I can handle cancellations and delays.  Turbulence?  I’d rather skip that.

I hate flying.  I really hate flying.  Most control freaks don’t like flying because we aren’t in control; this includes me.

I’ve felt anxious all day.  What if I get there, but can’t get home next Tuesday?  I was texting a friend, sharing my apprehension, and she said something like…If He hung the moon, I think He’s got this, Sarah.

Yes, He does.

God already knows.  He has a plan for my flights and my trip.

He also commands me not to fear and not to worry.

I’ve written about God’s sovereignty, I’ve written about not worrying and putting aside fear.  I KNOW these things.  But, I’ve begun to realize just how much I KNOW that I never transfer to my heart – to belief.

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is pointless.

I can quote the verses…Matthew 6:24 – “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Psalm 115: 11 – You who fear him, trust in the LORD– he is their help and shield.

But, my actions, my life, my heart do NOT reflect that I truly believe these verses.  (and other verses)

God’s been pointing this out to me lately: “You know it; you just don’t believe it.”

It’s time to practice what I know (and often preach).  I am not scared; I am not anxious; I know He is in control.  Period.

Even if I can’t find my “flying medicine”;)

What verses do you KNOW but have trouble applying or truly believing?  In what areas is God leading you to take Him at His Word?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word and for the many chances you give.  Your unconditional love and never-ending grace always amaze us.  I’ve argued fear and worry with you before, and you still answer with the same:  Do not fear and do not worry.  Lord, help our unbelief.  Help us to take you at your Word, to quit collecting knowledge for the sake of knowing.  But, instead, to pant for You and Your Word as the deer pants for water because we long to know You more – to believe You – to grow closer to You.  We rest in knowing You are in control.  You have the flight path and the entire week in Honduras in your hand. We are inexplicably grateful to you.  Amen.

With that prayer, I am relieved and ready.  Now…I really need to pack!

NOTE: I can’t wait to share with you from Honduras over the next eight days!

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