“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going.” John 14: 1-4
This week is the first week I have been teaching on my own to a group of individuals who are significantly more experienced that I am in our industry. As an instructor, representing my agency, I need to project a confident and knowledgeable presentation. On the outside I know that this is what the students are seeing! But … on the inside … another story! I am a duck!!! You probably know the analogy of the duck where on top of the water it seems to glide effortlessly across with little effort! But underneath the water line, that duck’s legs are paddling and churning as hard as it can!
My wife and I have been praying and I know she is lifting me up to the Lord when we are not together which is a great comfort! I was reading a devotional by Pastor Andy Anderson where he was telling the story of a pilot who successfully ejected from his aircraft and then later in life (post POW) met the man who packed his parachute. Pastor Andy concluded with this:
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” 11:1 Is your life an example of the PROOF that you trust our Lord? If you do, you will not experience fear. You will not try to always be in control, for you know that He who is in us, is the One packing our parachute. He is the One controlling the instruments that guide our lives. He is faithful, even when we don’t think of Him. But today, and at the start of this New Year, let’s take a moment and think about Him who has never failed us yet. Let’s honor Him who has never left us, and every time we land on our feet, it is because He has been the One who packed the parachute. Trust, then live out that trust, by being comforted in every way, and in every day.
Thank you Father for packing my ‘chute every day! Even when I allow (or sometimes cause) my mind and body to FREAK OUT … You are the calm, the steady rock! All glory to You!