Recently, I was boarding a very hectic flight. The plane was late getting in and catering was filling the galley as the passengers were coming on. It was a small, single isle plane and it was going to be completely full. There was nowhere to stand (and we couldn’t do a first class ground service with catering in the way) so I sent the other flight attendant to the back, to check on bag space. In the meantime I was being pulled several ways by worried passengers. One lady had left a big box in the jetway and was determined to not let me forget about it. She came to me at least 5 times, saying “Please don’t let them forget to take my box down.” I repeatedly assured her that I knew about it and I would take care of it. “Really, I’ve got this. I won’t forget. I promise.” In the meantime another couple, with a toddler, had a car seat and an oversized bag to check. I told them I’d take care of it and took her seat number, so I could bring her the bag check tickets. They wouldn’t go sit down, choosing instead to remain in the jetway until their situation was completely handled. The gate agent would have to check their things, so I continued to board and let them hang out there, not realizing that the dad didn’t think I was being very helpful. Both people were stressed and my greatest desire was for them to really believe that I heard their request and I would take care of it.
As I realized how much I wanted for them to believe me, the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying “That’s my heart for you and for the world.” All of a sudden I realized how pointless worry and stress are and peace flooded my soul. I realized that the reason for their stress was a relationship issue…..they didn’t know me. If they knew me they would trust me and they would know that I heard them and that I wouldn’t stop until their situation was resolved. The Lord told me “Stace, you are learning more about my heart all the time and you’re learning to trust me. That trust allows you to live loved, no matter what you’re seeing around you. We HAVE a relationship. I always hear you and there is nothing I haven’t already taken care of.”
What a rest! This morning I came across Philippians 4:6 and it finally made sense. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God (His peace), which surpasses all comprehension (He is forever at peace), will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our rest comes from seeing our union (mind blowing) with God in Christ Jesus. All that Jesus is, I am….in this realm and the heavenly realm…..at this moment….and this moment….and right now! I am a completed work and I am on a great adventure with my Prince of Peace. In this moment I’m enjoying the ride and I pray you are too!
Lord, cause us to see, all the more, exactly who we were created to be. You are a good God, a very good God and Your desire is for us to know You. Knowing You is true Life. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us in so many ways and for giving us the incredible privilage of encouraging each other through all that we see of You. You’re amazing, just the way You Are…..and You say the same thing about us!