This is a report for Mission 309 by Grace on Wings.
Departure: Indianapolis, Indiana
Arrival: Houston, Texas
Date: July 11, 2014
It’s 7:30 AM today and the forecast here in Indy is calling for scattered thunderstorms.
We will be transporting 58 y.o. CL (her family requested we not use her name) who has cancer, from Indy to MD Anderson down in Houston Texas. That is where her family hopes to get a second opinion for this mother of 2 and loving wife. With storms headed our way soon we would like to get off the ground before they begin to help make this flight as smooth as possible for her.
As we pick CL up from a local hospital her niece is at her bedside and it is evident how much she loves her aunt. After making sure CL is comfortable on our transport cot and seeing how emotional this was for her niece, Matt is able to take her aside and pray with her. CL’s cancer has already spread to several of her other organs and her family wants to do all that they can for her exhausting all possible treatment options.
CL will be traveling with us by herself today. Besides being confused and restless she tolerated the flight well. Once we arrived at the hospital in Houston her 2 children were waiting anxiously for her. They had flown down ahead of us to get things going. They were quite thankful for her safe arrival and went about the admitting process once we arrived. We prayed with CL and her children for the care she would receive while there and assured them we would continue to keep them in our prayers.
As we head back to the plane we get word that once again there are storms forming in our path that we would again like to try to avoid if possible.
For me this is such a great example of how many times we race through life trying to avoid “storms”. How many times do we desperately seek answers from people or material things of this world?
If only we spent a fraction of this time seeking God and running desperately after Him!– How differently would our lives look? We cannot always avoid “storms” and many times God allows us to experience them so that we will run to Him.
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. The word “consider” here means to “think first” before we respond and the word “whenever” means that trials most definitely will happen, not if.
1 Peter 4:12-14 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
As Christians, Satan is constantly trying to attack to us and that will never stop this side of heaven. We can however rest assured in our salvation when we have accepted Jesus as our Savior.
His word tells us that we are “blessed and the Spirit of glory rests on us” and He will give us the strength we need when facing trials. What kind of “trials” or “storms” are you facing today? We do not know what kind of “storm” we may face tomorrow nor what “storms” others may be going through in their lives.
How many times do we take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on others who many times may be suffering a much worse “storm” than what we are? Are we desperately seeking after the only One who can truly save us? Are we sharing Him with those around us?
Deut. 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.