On our trip to Honduras, in the Miami Airport, I received a great lesson from the Lord. We had taken different routes to the airport, once we hit 27 off of I-75. We didn’t plan to take different routes, but Melissa went one way and we went another. I was really bummed out. I felt awful that our team had separated and we hadn’t even gotten to Miami yet. Yikes …
But finally we were all back together, cars were parked and luggage was checked and we were heading to our gate. We walked and walked and walked, and then we saw what we thought was our concourse and the gate numbers are very close to our number and we think, “Yeah, we are there!” We saw a Starbucks booth nearby and I know many of the team were thinking it was time to stop and smell the coffee … or is that drink the coffee? I think we needed to drink it at this point.
So I said, “Let’s get our things to the gate and then we can get coffee or food or anything else we needed before the plane heads out.” And we walked and walked and walked some more, but there is no gate. And then we realized we had to go to a different concourse, we had to actually go down the steps and then up the steps and then onto the Sky Tram. And then down again and even further through the terminal. We were nowhere near our gate at the spot we originally thought was our destination.
And the more we walked, the more I giggled inside. Isn’t that just like life. We are going along, and we hit a bit of a rough patch and then it’s smooth, we think all is well, we think we’ve arrived at our destination and then we realize, nope, still got 20 more miles ahead. And it’s all hills!
Or maybe you’ve been walking with Jesus for a time and you think, ‘I got this spiritual thing down, Jesus and I are tight’ and then the next thing you know something happens and boom, the rug gets pulled out from under you and although you thought you had it figured out, you realize you have nothing figured out and you are back to square one. And that’s okay.
Just keep walking … that was the lesson that day from the airport. The gate was somewhere else from where we were, we just had to keep walking.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
Let us not stop walking until we are in front of Jesus!