As I board a short flight this morning on an airline that has open seating, I’m in the second to last boarding order toward the end of the list, I’m looking at the many people who are boarding before me wondering if I will have to sit in the middle which is my least favorite place to sit during a flight. My first choice is aisle. Typically I would start to be a little anxious and play different scenarios in my mind about things. Today I was like naw, “Jesus will you please save a seat for me?”
As I walk though the plane aisle I see a middle seat in row 2 and think hmmmm that’s doable since it’s toward the front. But, I decide to keep walking. At row 15 I see only middle seats availabile, but I decide to keep walking. I reach row 21 and bam there’s an open aisle seat!
I comfortably take it and greet the woman sitting in the same row next to the window. "Thank you Jesus for saving a seat for me."
In my seat waiting to take off I am reminded of the ongoing life quest to trust the Lord with all the details and things in life. From the smallest, like being able to sit in a preferred seat on the plane to grand events, earth shattering events, like death of a loved one or a wayward friend or child. Big decisions that involve my entire existence like health, money, ministry and relationships.
It may seem silly to use this scenario as an example of a way to trust God. But honestly it’s a love reminder of how much God is with me, and how He knows everything and cares about me, just like He tenderly loves and cares about you. In life, where I sat on today's flight doesn’t matter to any great significance other than being comfortable. Did I get the seat I wanted, yes, on this flight I did. But when I, or you don't get the seat or result that we wanted, we take peaceful assurance that Jesus knows exactly what seat we need and when we need it.
As I’m writing this, the captain made an announcement that there’s a maintenance issue with a door and that we will be delayed, he tells the passengers to sit back in our seats and be comfortable while we wait. Lol! Yes, my seat was saved for me so that even in the delay, I can be reassured that I can trust the Lord with the delay, that He will allow me to arrive where I need to be at the right time. Amen!
May I remind you that Jesus will always save a seat for you. Regardless if it’s a physical seat or metaphorical seat, your seat is secure in Him. Thank You, Jesus that we can trust that You are always mindful of us individually and collectively.
The maintenance problem has been resolved…wheels up!