On my way to Kuwait, Kathleen dropped me off at the Colorado Springs airport. As I prepared to go through security I realized I forgot to pack my laptop. Quickly I calculated how long it would take Kathleen to get home and retrieve it. I then checked with security and the United ticket counter to see how much time I actually had before the plane departed. Fortunately, despite heavy traffic, my wife was able to get my computer to me and I arrived at the gate seven minutes before it was supposed to close. Ironically, the flight was delayed.
On my way to Kuwait, I stood on the ramp in Houston waiting for my carry on bag when the pilot stepped forward and said, is 12B still here? That was my seat and so I responded, “Yes, I’m here.” He then handed me my cell phone that evidently had fallen out of my pocket. Had my bag come early I would have already departed unaware of my loss.
On my way to Kuwait, Kathleen and Adam, our mortgage broker, called me. The power of attorney I notarized for her was not acceptable to the Veterans Administration (VA) because they had amended their form unbeknownst to us. So, I had to quickly find a place to receive Adam’s revised paperwork, print it, sign it, have it notarized and sent back to him. Fortunately, I had a six-hour layover in Houston. I called Bill York, my West Point classmate with a million connections. Bill immediately contacted a West Point graduate, Rob, fairly close to the airport who could help me.
On my way to Kuwait, I grabbed a taxi to get to Rob’s office. Evidently, the cabbie was creative with what should have been a short jaunt on Houston freeways. My round trip taxi fare was $145.00 but Amir my Persian driver was very friendly and Rob’s office took care of the paperwork sending the forms to Adam.
On my way to Kuwait, my head is completely stuffed with a bad head cold. Descending into Houston was painful to both eardrums and I can only pray the next descent into Frankfurt is not as bad and that my hearing will return and my eyes will stop watering. Yet, in spite of the stress, I have my laptop to type this out, my phone is charging, I have two new friends in Houston and Kathleen should be able to close on our house!
1 Chronicles 16:11—Search for the LORD and for His strength; seek His face always.
King David was a warrior well acquainted with disruption, uncertainty and suffering. Through his experiences with trials, he distilled great wisdom in how to cope in the form of a song he taught his people. Read again carefully the twelve words in the verse above. When applied, they will always make one of those days transcend from chaos to peace.
Don’t focus on problems! Pursue the Lord and His power. Make His company your goal—always. His presence is perspective changing. His might is greater than all calamities. The mere act of shifting our focus towards Him is instantly liberating. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
As I abide in the presence of my King, a holy instinct guides my steps.—Eric & Leslie Ludy in When God Writes Your Life Story
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)