A year ago, my husband and I took a tour of The Grand Canyon by helicopter. I was amazed at how beautiful this desert land actually is. For someone who is not extremely comfortable with heights, the helicopter ride was mesmerizing and really enjoyable (most likely because it wasn’t my first helicopter flight!). However, when we landed and actually did some exploring, even going out over the Canyon on the Skywalk, my fears began to escalate with just the uncertainty of being on layers of glass skywalk that jut over the edge nearly 4,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon. Can you say more than butterflies in my stomach?!! You have to understand my sweet man has no fear, is an avid bow hunter, and can climb mountains with ease and great skill. No butterflies for him! So for me to actually go on this adventure was quite an experience, one of trust. I will say I did hold on to the railing (most of the time!), but am so glad I did because I would have missed some spectacular memories. The butterflies never really went away, but I did manage to even look down! WOW is all I can say!
Today, I ran across these handwritten words in my Bible at Acts 23 – “What are you afraid of?” “Do you feel the ground is unstable?” My mind went back to this trip to the Grand Canyon and to the persecution Paul faced in Acts. I ask myself, what am I afraid of today? Several thoughts came to mind. Loss was the first – loss of loved ones, a prodigal, not seeing a miracle; the unknown. Yet, I believe God goes to any extent to accomplish His will – even using bad situations. Also, I believe God’s timing is always perfectly synchronized with the accomplishing of His will, even though sometimes my impatience wants to hurry up His timing.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
When facing a very, very dark time of deep hurt and uncertainty in my life a number of years ago, I knew I had no one to turn to but Jesus. A special friend shared a quote by Alan Redpath. I printed out several copies – keeping the copies where I could see these words of encouragement almost anywhere I would look.
Now facing another storm in our family’s life, I hear these words again . . . What are you afraid of?
“There is nothing – no circumstance, no trouble, no testing – that can ever touch me until, first of all it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm, no circumstance will cause me to fret – for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is – That is the rest of Victory.” ~ Alan Redpath
I am learning – I can only have eucharisteo when I am dependent on Him.