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It’s a Bumpy Ride

by KAY L. SECURITY Raising kids cross-culturally Trust Reflecting God
It’s a Bumpy Ride
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

It was the worst air turbulence I had ever experienced. You could feel the tension in the entire plane. All were silent. All, except for my three lovely children. They were in their own world pretending to be pilots. They were flying this big double-decker jet plane, and every bump made their game one step more exciting. After a pretty large dip that made many gasp, one of my children laughed and yelled, “Ah!!! We’re gonna die!” The siblings chimed in with “No, I’ve got it!” “This is so fun!” and commenced with their jet flying noises and “button pushing” on the back of the seat in front of them.  

As I looked around, I sheepishly chuckled to those nearby and they, too, nervously laughed. Oh, to be a kid again! Oh, to have that child-like faith in something we don’t understand or have control over.  

My children did not have a care in the world during that hair-raising landing. They were confident that the real pilot had it under control. If anything, maybe they thought the pilot was making the flight more exciting on purpose. Their child-like security and confidence in someone they didn’t even know challenged me in how I view God.  

Do I trust Him this way?  

There have been many ups and downs in my life. Sometimes they make me gasp, and sometimes I get nauseated by worry.  

Where is my security? In what or who do I lay my confidence. I know life can be a bumpy ride. I hope I can shout and believe, “God’s got it! This will be fun!”

Closing Prayer
Father, It sounds so good in songs and in quotes. You are my co-pilot. That means you are right beside me when I face the turbulence of life. Help me to remember that you are there. Help me find my security in You. I want to be confident in Your unfailing love and security. You’ve got this. Thank you for being with me in the ups and downs. Amen.
Books: Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke This book series (also made into movies) is a wonderful example of God’s faithfulness through hard times. It’s amazing to see the main male character’s secure confidence in God trickle down to his children and grandchildren as the series progresses.
Scripture: Jushua 1:5 "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Scripture: Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Question for Reflection

How can you renew or regain your security and confidence in God when it’s wavering?

Kay L.
February 19, 2021

I try to remember the times He has come through for me. I journal so sometimes I look through old ones and see how my faith and confidence have gone through times of doubt but then I usually see how He picks me back up and helps me keep going. His faithfulness restores my confidence.

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