Practice Faith: Be Still. God is always there for you. | Guest columns
When you get to the airport at 3:30 a.m., you don’t want to be stuck in traffic or driving in an unfamiliar neighborhood. You want to know where you are going and how to get there. This was only my second time flying out of Boston Logan International Airport and had no idea of the parking situation. Thank goodness for Google search!
I plugged in what I was looking for and voila! I found a great website with several options. I chose one. He gave me the address of a long-term parking lot five minutes from the airport. It even included a shuttle service to the terminal. The best part was that it came with a $ 6 discount voucher. How can you beat this? I wrote down the address and went to bed with peace of mind.
Everything looked rosy in the wee hours of the morning. The address has been defined in the GPS. The traffic was light. Route 95 looked like an airport runway ready to take off. I took Route 93 and followed the signs for the airport as I made my way to the South Shore of Boston. I entered the Ted Williams tunnel with time to spare. I was living the dream.
We’ve all had those seasons of life where everything comes together perfectly. We lay out our plans, then sit down and watch them unfold in front of us. You feel like the director watching his production come to life. Everyone plays their part. It’s a special moment. Yet we all know these moments are rare. Nothing lasts eternally.
So panic set in when my GPS lost its signal in the tunnel. I walked out the other side hoping for the best. I looked down and the icon kept spinning. It was then that I started to pray. “Lord, please make it work again. Please don’t let me miss my exit. Why does your mind turn to the worst possible scenarios when uncertainty rises? arrow?
Let’s be honest. There are times in life when it feels like you’re flying solo. The challenges are piling up and coming to us quickly and furiously. We look up and help is nowhere to be found. It reminds me of the disciples who panicked when the storm broke while they were on their boat. They went to Jesus. He was sleeping soundly in his back. They shouted, “You don’t care? We are going to die!”
Like them, in our panic, we wonder where God is. Does he care? When confronted, Jesus looked at the storm and said, “Peace! Keep quiet! ”Immediately the sea calmed down. The tensions eased. They were astonished. But you see, that’s what Jesus does. He hears our prayers. He joins us in our battles. Even though we think that we are alone, he is still in our boat, he is our GPS, our divine positioning system.
We may think we are flying blindly, but when we look at Jesus we have the best navigator ever. So don’t worry. Just trust and rest easy.
Reverend Cal Lord is the pastor of Westerly Central Baptist Church.