God’s Got This

Can you remember a time when you felt so weak, so exhausted and overwhelmed that you couldn’t go on? Perhaps it was the result of a physical illness, the death of a loved one, or maybe a time of extraordinary mental stress. I experienced this as George and I started our vacation recently. Our trip started out exciting, we were traveling with my parents, flying from LAX to Philadelphia, and then catching our flight to Venice, Italy. Then I did the unthinkable… after placing my passport in the back of the seat in front of me, I forgot it when we left the plane in Philly. It wasn’t until we were at the next gate, ready to board the plane for Venice, that I realized I didn’t have it. In sheer panic, I ran to the counter to tell the U.S. Air agent and he called the previous gate we were at to check but the plane had already left the terminal, and was flying back to Phoenix. Heartbroken, I listened as the agent said I would not be going on this flight and heard him call someone to have our luggage removed from the plane. I told George to go on without me, I couldn’t believe this was happening. He assured me he was not going to go without me, and we practically pushed my parents onto the plane to leave without us, not knowing if we would be seeing them again in time for our cruise. Watching the plane pull away from the terminal and head for the runway just ripped my heart out. The weaker we feel, that harder we lean on God. We sat there in that area for quite a while, praying that somehow, God would work everything out.
My rubber band bracelet I was wearing caught my eye…it says GOD’S GOT THIS. I needed to remember that God is bigger than anything we were going through, and that I need to trust Him that He will work everything out. In difficult times, God has promised to undergird us with His divine strength whenever we need it. All we have to do is ask.
After making plans to get a passport photo taken and going to the State department to get a new passport in the morning, we got a call from a U.S. Air Supervisor in Phoenix at midnight that said he had my passport and they were going to fly it back to Philly in the morning, and it should arrive about 2:30pm. Praise to You, Lord Jesus! “He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
Suffice it to say that we did get my passport back, made it to Venice, surprising my parents and the rest of the family. “The Lord is the strength of my life.” Psalm 27:1. You don’t have to wait until your heart becomes overwhelmed to call on Him. He is waiting to hold you up and fill you with inner strength- during bad times and even during good times. Just call on Him!

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