Monday, July 20, 2009

The Woes of Travel

There is so much in this life that can successfully steal away our focus--so much that can challenge our "walking in the Spirit." I returned from my trip yesterday and it is confirmed: traveling is one of those "things." From kiosk troubles to security stripping to delayed flights to no flights, traveling can prove challenging.

So how do we "successfully" walk in the Spirit in spite of our daily obstacles? It comes back to the mind.

If in the midst of inconvenience--whether minor or life-changing--we start meditating upon the problem, possible outcomes, or frustrating aspects then our attitude and actions will soon follow. If we want to walk in the Spirit--even in the midst--then we must set our minds upon things of the Spirit.

We will have to trust that God is in control, even when our circumstances feel uncontrollable. We will have to believe that He has purpose, even in the very details of our days. We will have to remember His truth, especially when the world preaches lies. Ultimately we must remember our complete depravity in our flesh and ask that He live it through these earthen vessels--then others will marvel at His great power, grace, and love.

He is good and able. He is worthy and right. Let's preach it to ourselves today when our "travel plans" stray from our expectations.

For further nourishment: Psalm 119:9-16; Romans 8:1-11; Philippians 4:8-9

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