God Is Good, Even When Our Circumstances Are Not
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Team Coordinator and Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
I’m writing this blog while sitting on an airplane headed home. Stephanie and I just spent two glorious days at a conference surrounded by godly men and women hearing the Word preached unashamedly. Not only was that a blessing in and of itself, but we were surrounded by the exhilarating mountains of Colorado. We were even able to get bumped up to an earlier flight and had dreams of getting home to our families earlier than expected.
Ah, but now comes the bad news. That airplane we are sitting on was supposed to take off four hours ago. We are surrounded by bad weather, and no one is going anywhere quickly. If you have ever been in that situation, you know it can either bring out the best in you or the worst in you. Unfortunately, our situation has brought out the worst in one man on our flight, who passengers are affectionately calling “the man in the red shirt.” The man with the red shirt seemed fine at first as we waited at the gate for word regarding when we'd finally be able to leave. He was a little agitated, perhaps, but we were all a little restless. But as the situation escalated, so did he. Until he finally blew up at the woman at the counter, who clearly wasn't controlling the flights coming in and out. Someone jumped to her defense; however, it was a pretty tense moment for all involved.
So what would your reaction be? Do circumstances that are less than ideal bring out the best in you or the worst? As I was sitting here talking to my fellow passengers, who we have gotten to know pretty well, somebody commented on how positive my attitude was. I pondered that for a moment, and it occurred to me that if this is the worst thing that happens to me today, it will be a pretty good day.
I began to think about the ultimate good news. My name is written in the book of life in heaven. How could I possibly allow something as benign as a delayed flight steal my joy? I realized another thing, too. God is good–all the time, even when are circumstances are not.
Beverly and Stephanie:
Paul gave some final exhortations in Phillipians 4:4-7 that are very appropriate here. We want to leave you with this final word so the next time you find yourself in circumstances that are less than pleasant, someone will observe your behavior and see a reflection of Jesus in you:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (NKJV)