Musical Chairs

Monday, September 14, 1998

Psalm 147:5 – Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite. (KJV)

The flight home after my ten-day summer vacation left before midnight and it was pretty packed. Little kids were in various stages of wanting or needing to be asleep, as were some adults.

I was just about to sit in my seat next to a young Asian girl, close to the rear of the plane when she asked if I might possibly change seats with her friend in the seat behind, so that they might all sit together. I was almost settled in the new seat, when a young woman asked if I would mind changing places with the man behind, so that he could sit with his girlfriend.

That put me two rows further back. There was a little activity in the seats behind me, as a family was rather squished together and the flight attendant was trying to figure a way to give them a little more space. She bent down to me and asked if I could possibly help by moving into an empty seat eight rows ahead. She was very apologetic, saying how kind I'd been to move so much already, but that it would allow the family to stay together, yet lend them some space.

It was actually I who felt quite blessed, for I usually prefer to not sit at the rear, and had I not switched the first two times, the third one would never have been offered to me. I was especially thankful for the move when we experienced much turbulence in the flight throughout the rest of the night.

Our life's journey can be much like the plane ride. We can choose our "seat" and stick to it, following what we have chosen to do, or we can be open and listen to what God offers us, trusting that He will lead us to the "seats" which suit us best.

Prayer: We acknowledge the power of your infinite love and understanding and we ask that you be with us in those times when we may be tempted to resist letting you lead the way. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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