Thursday, August 19, 2010

This Week at Twin Cities - August 19, 2010

Hey everybody,

Flying in today’s environment always gives opportunities to exhibit patience. I found myself in one of those classrooms as we flew to visit my parents last week. We got on our mini-jet for the short hop from Dallas to Amarillo – we still had a three hour drive ahead after being up since 3:30am to catch our flight to Dallas. I was feeling the lack of sleep, the struggle of travel and the anticipation of seeing my parents.

As we reached our scheduled departure time it was evident that we were not going to be leaving on time. Several of the local gate personnel were hanging around the cockpit talking. Finally, the flight attendant’s voice scratched over the intercom. “Folks, unfortunately when our aircraft received maintenance earlier today the proper paperwork was not completed. So, we are waiting on someone from maintenance. We’ll be on our way as soon as possible.”

Forty-five minutes later, the flight attendant shut the door, and we were ready to depart. Forty-five minutes of waiting – without one more word from up front. I began uttering under my breath and then verbally, “Come on. Let’s get this plane in the air.” “Can someone just let us know what’s going on?”

As we taxied down the runway, I had a thought. “Ron, God gave you the gift of forty-five minutes. What did you do with it?” Ouch! I had sat and whined and wished for something different. At that moment I remembered that I was going to talk about “patience and serenity” on August 22.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I realize how much I still need to grow in my acceptance of God’s control over all the circumstances of life. How about you? Why don’t you read James 5:7-12 before Sunday and come ready to grow in your serenity.

I’m glad God is perfect in His patience toward me.

Pastor Ron

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