Monday, November 20th
Devotional written by Pastor Jason McMaster, Executive Pastor
WHAT AIRPLANES NEED
This world has a lot of brokenness, and sometimes life can feel overwhelming. Too often, in these moments, we do not have the space in our hearts to deal with one more challenging thing. Sometimes, we have a few difficult issues happening in our lives all at once and roll them up into one larger ball of emotional stress. That can be overwhelming and mentally exhausting. Then, watching local or global news events adds to that stress. So, what should we do in these seasons?
Don’t be consumed by the circumstances we experience or see around us. If the news is overwhelming your heart, turn it off for a while. Not long ago, the news was delivered as rolled-up paper tossed onto our driveways, or we might have watched it once in the evening. Now that we have access to it all the time via our phones and social media, we must decide how much is appropriate to fill our hearts. I’m not suggesting we become less informed. I believe there is wisdom in not allowing our hearts to become overwhelmed and burdened with everything negative in the world.
If there is a deep wound in our life (a loss, a broken relationship, or another significant life event) that is at the center of our pain, then that takes intentionality and a careful process to repair in our hearts. As believers, we know that “because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed.” He loves us too much to keep us in a place of pain. It’s okay to cry out to the Lord and be vulnerable with your struggles. Reaching out to another believer who can walk with you is also essential. As believers, we are a family – flawed and messy, but a family who love each other. Our Care Ministry at Calvary is available 24 hours a day, where trained staff and volunteers can talk and pray with you.
Final Thought: Henry Ford once said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, NOT with it.” We can trust the Lord, we can trust His love, and we can trust His process in our lives. The Lord’s love is greater than any other force against us.