Sunday, October 17, 2010
~ "Lessons learned from a Lousy Day (by Matthew West)..."
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:11-12)
If you haven't heard of Matthew West, check him out at "matthewwest.com". He's a phenominal musician, devoted husband and father and an amazing Christian example. He posted the following note on October 13, 2010, and I thought I'd share it with you...
Ever have one of those days when you find yourself repeating the sentence, "Surely, it can't get any worse.". And then it does??? And then you say it again... And then it gets worse again?! You know what I'm talking about? Well, today was one of those days for me. The setting? Atlanta airport. The villain? Delta Airlines. First, one delay, then another, and another... Until finally, they announced my flight to Asheville had been cancelled.
There were no other flights that would get me in in time for my scheduled performance. And this wasn't just any performance. This was a special invite from a very important retailer that could really help my new record and my career. This was a big deal. Standing in the long line of people waiting to be re-routed, the reality began to sink in that I had spent all day in this lousy airport only to fly right back home, thus missing my very important performance. They nice lady at the help desk said, "I'm sorry for your delay.". I smiled and responded, "Delta just hurt my career today." once again, she apologized. But as I walked away, I realized what a foolish statement I had made. That statement was evidence of my lack of trust. Trust that God is in control. I was trapped in this headspace, thinking God would allow some airline the power over my career. As if God is less powerful than an airline, or maybe unaware of all that is taking place. And to think, just yesterday the band and I had a devotional on the topic of thanking God for our problems. Boy, that's a tough one!
Now that my nerves have subsided, and my worried mind has settled a bit, I am reminded that I serve a God who is far greater than a cancelled flight, or a missed opportunity. I serve a God who knows EVERYTHING. I serve a God who has my best interests at heart at all times. I serve a God who is always at work, orchestrating even the smallest details of my daily life.
And guess what? The same can be true for you. God knows you, He loves you, and He wants what's best for you. Who better to trust your life with, but the Giver of Life Himself!
Don't let your "could it get any worse" circumstances get in the way of the promise that:
1. It could always be worse... And 2. God is in control. Not you! (talking to myself)
No matter what I tried, I could not make an airplane fly me to Asheville today. And I have to rest in knowing that God is not surprised, and His plan is still very much in tact. So is His plan for your life.
(Photo with Matthew, December 2009)