Thursday, February 2, 2012
I was on a flight to Pittsburgh. For short trips like this; between D.C. and Pittsburgh commuter planes are used. (not a crop duster with a propeller, but close) Our flight started off fine, nice and smooth; the fasten seat belt sign was turned off, flight attendants started serving drinks and snacks, then BOOM...a loud rattling sound echoed through the plane. From that point on, it felt like the pilot, the plane and the air pockets were fighting a revolution! Glasses were sliding off the trays, the plane was being tossed around, and I double checked to see where the emergency exits were as I scrambled to get my bible from my purse. I just KNEW the plane was going down.... I called out to Jesus and started to pray OUT loud. The passenger next to me grabbed my hand and said, "Are you all right?" I said, "NO, but I will be". I continued to pray and read my bible as he looked at me in shock. The flight continued for what seemed like eternity and we finally landed safely in Pittsburgh. At the end of the flight, passengers were hugging and thanking the pilot. However, there was one passenger, also a pilot, that confronted the actual pilot of the flight. He said, "that was awful, you couldn't have prevented that, there was no way around that travel path?" The pilot said, "No, I had to go through it and I did all in my power to get us through it and get us through safely!"
We all hit turbulent points in our life. There is no vaccination to provide immunity to challenges, turmoil or life's stressors. However, with God, nothing is impossible. The turbulence in our lives comes to provide a lesson and draw us closer to God. When it hits, we get desperate, we pray more, cry out more, we are trying to get God's attention. Think about it--sometimes He is trying to get our attention. We have to go through trials and tribulations to appreciate and realize God's power. It teaches us to rely on God's word and promises, not just when things are going well, but during the more difficult times too. Sometimes turbulence cannot be avoided, you have to buckle up, hold on and go through it. Remember, God is our Pilot and He has the power to get you through.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to serve at a local homeless shelter (it is a residency facility). I knew that there might be families there, but the reality is, it didn't HIT me, until I actually saw the children. I talked and interacted with an Ethan - 11 years old, Juliana - 4 years old and Jordan - her 2 year old brother. (Yes, the 2 year talked) I was shocked that Ethan, also has an 8 year old sister, a 4 year old brother and a 8 month old baby brother (Leslie, their mother was there also). ALL were living in the shelter, Homeless. Stop for a moment, and imagine, seeing a family, with children, in a shelter. No permanent home, no privacy - except the room they stay in, with thin walls, they share a bathroom/shower area, a kitchen and common areas. Imagine being a middle school boy, with no home; he can't have "his boys" come over to play video games, because, he doesn't have a home, or access to video games. He can not go next door to see if his buddy can play ball, because, he is homeless. Think about a teenage girl that wants to have a sleepover for her birthday, but can not, because she lives in a homeless shelter.
The mothers looked just like me. Loving their children, nurturing, laughing and playing. The mothers didn't look "homeless". But they were. Candace, drives her daughter Juliana across town so that her daughter can get a good pre-school education. Not any different that what I've done for mine. Leslie said she has been praying for Ethan, with regards to him and school. Not any different that what I do for mine. One common thread--we are all human. A kind word, a gesture, an extended hand can really make a difference....One thing that really made me go hmmmmmm, was, any of us, can end up in a situation, and be where these families are. At any time, we all might need help, significant help. Do not look at others who have fallen on hard times and judge or make assumptions. Instead, look and them and say, what can I do to make a difference. I encourage and challenge everyone to look around you. Look for someone to help. Look for an organization to volunteer your time. Take your children - teach them about community service and a world outside of their comfortable bubble. Look at ways to make someones life and situation better. Help does not have to be financial (although if you have it--give it). Help can be a prayer, it can be spending time with someone, running errands, or a listening ear. It could be cooking a meal for someone that is elderly or just had surgery. The possibilities are endless. In 1970, Diana Ross released a very thought provoking song--Reach Out and Touch. Take a moment and Google the lyrics. The words still ring true 42 years later....Reach Out and Touch, Somebody's hand, Make this world a better place, If you can..... The names have been changed to protect their privacy.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
There are over 150+ types and flavors of "instant energy" drinks and boosts on the market for purchase. Each one promotes that once you consume their product you will have an increase in your energy level. There is the #1 morning favorite - coffee, most people can't leave home without it. There is expresso for an extra boost of energy, there is Red Bull, Monster, Amp, and 5 Hour Energy to name a few and the list goes on and on. A lot of people are looking for an instant quick fix for low or lack of energy. There are energy powders you can add to a smoothie as well as a B12 granule packet you can take to boost your energy levels. I tried an energy drink once--the taste was not palatable and it reminded me of bubble gum I used to chew as a child. I also tried the B12 granules and another product that boasted Fatigued to Fantastic! Energy Revitalization System. As you can imagine, I recently had a revelation--there is No Quick Fix for lack of energy, nothing you can buy can help you get a quick boost safely or one that is long-lasting. Aside from a regular good nights rest, there is someone who can provide the Ultimate Energy Revitalization System... it's God. He provides a resting place for us in the midst of our traffic jams, challenges and tribulations. He will provide calm when there is raging storm. He will give us strength when we are weak. The stress and strains don't go away, nor can we escape them altogether, but we can find a place of peace in Him. When we are tired He can provide the ultimate energy boost. Trust in Him, rest and be rejuvenated! Read Isaiah 40:31