On a recent overseas flight, first the flight attendant and then the captain announced over the intercom that the seatbelt signs had been turned on because they were “expecting unexpected turbulence.”
There’s nothing like a good oxymoron to entertain exhausted airplane passengers. However, the long flight gave me ample time to contemplate the idea of expecting unexpected turbulence on our Christian journey.
The Christian life is a journey – a long journey, with quite a bit of turbulence. And the turbulence we experience often comes at unexpected times. And, while we might not be able to predict when turbulent times will come, we can and should expect them.
In preparation for the turbulence in life, the Christian needs to buckle up. In other words, we need to utilize the safety measures we have at our disposal.
Understanding that God is ever-preccsent in our lives provides a strong belt of peace of
mind that comes from knowing for certain that we’re protected from any calamity that might come our way.
We can be sure of this because we read in Psalm 46:1-3 that, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.“
This journey that we’re on will be long, exhausting, and full of turbulence. But getting to our destination is worth the trip.
“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22).
Buckle up, hang on, and enjoy the flight!