Trials and experiences

Just this morning, I shared the Truth for Life daily devotional on “Christ The Builder” on Facebook (found at http://www.truthforlife.org/resources/daily-devotionals/6/22), along with a short note about how much I enjoyed it and on how “God uses the trials and experiences in our life to sculpt us into the works of art He sees us as.” how quickly I forget my own words!

As my thumbs type this on my iPhone, I am sitting in DFW airport, where I have been for the last 4 hours. I left work early today and flew out of Tulsa to head down to Corpus Christi to spend a couple days with John and his family on Padre Island. My flight out of Tulsa was only delayed about 30 minutes, and most of that time they managed to make up in the air. Aside from a little motion sickness, I was feeling good about how the trip was progressing.

When I arrived in Dallas, I discovered that my connecting flight to Corpus had been canceled. They directed me to a gate where another flight was about to board, but I was number 23 on that standby list, so needless to say I didn’t get in on that flight.

Now I am number 14 on the standby list for a flight leaving at 10:25 tonight. If I don’t make that one, American will be paying for my hotel room tonight and who knows when I’ll get to Corpus. The sad thing is that it was already going to be a short trip. If I don’t get there until tomorrow night, I will only get to spend one day there before I ride back home with John and the kids on Saturday.

In the last few hours, I’ve been through anger, frustration, loneliness, and fear. I’ve worried about what to do. I’ve wept, I’ve spent too much money on airport crap, and I’ve given in to a binge of emotional eating. I tried to read a book, but couldn’t really focus on it. During my last trip to the nasty restrooms, God suddenly reminded me of my own words from just this morning. And of His words I had read about.

I don’t know what God would have me learn from this situation today. But I do know that God can make something beautiful out of any situation. He is still in control, regardless of what American Airlines thinks. God has a plan for my life. That means that even when I can’t see the purpose in a circumstance, I need to trust in Him.

Thank You, Lord, for using these moments to draw me to You. I know that while this day has not turned out the way I expected, You knew about it all along. Thank You for being here with me. I couldn’t manage on my own.