08 December 2017

This 'n' That

About a month ago, I spent some time in an airport. A lot of time. A lot of unplanned time.

Delays. They happen. I'm thankful I don't travel often, and I'm thankful that, so far, I've not had to endure a delay that was too much of an inconvenience. On this occasion, I was traveling home from a business trip. I had deliberately rescheduled my flight so that I would arrive home in the evening, be able to get a good night's sleep, and put in a full, busy day the next day.

Then life happened.

I arrived at the airport, made it through security, and found my gate. I settled in to wait a bit longer than planned, because the aforementioned activities had gone more smoothly than they sometimes do. After awhile, my plane arrived, and the passengers deplaned. Everything seemed perfectly normal. But then, after another little while, I realized that we were supposed to be boarding...and we weren't. Okay, it is a major airline, after all, a slight delay is common.

Then came the announcement: the plane had been struck by lightning on its way in. Obviously, everyone who had been on board was fine, but the plane needed to be checked for damage before lift off.

Great.

Long story short, we never did get on that plane. After a couple of hours, they decided to fly in another plane. Unfortunately, that plane left late and arrived over an hour later than it should have. So, at the end of it all, while I should have landed at approximately 7:20 at my destination, I didn't actually board a plane until about 10:30 pm. Needless to say, I climbed into bed around 2:00 am and, well, that productive work day I had planned for the next day was not so productive after all.

It really is fine, though, because I am thankful no one was hurt in the initial incident, and I'm thankful that I and my fellow passengers didn't have to board a plane with potential damage.

This whole backstory is leading to this, though. As I sat for what seemed like endless hours in this tiny airport, eventually, the nighttime cleaning crew arrived. You see, in a small airport, everything—everything—closes down by 8:00. Even the restaurants. Yeah...

So as I sat there, tired, a bit frustrated, and desperately wanting to be home, I watched this cleaning crew essentially begin their work day.

And they worked. Hard. They were detailed, sweeping and dusting under and around the chairs, and they clearly had a system so that they could work together to get the job done. What was also striking was that they were friendly. Here they were, doing a job that most of us would consider to be an unpleasant one, and they managed to be affable and amiable to those of us who were waiting on our hopelessly long-delayed flight. As someone who tends to appear standoffish when I am focused on a task, I found this convicting. As someone who was tired and a bit grumpy, I found their demeanor to be uplifting. No, I had no profound conversation with any of them, but simply watching their diligence and determined approach to their work made me admire them. May we all be so dedicated, even when performing the most mundane or menial tasks.

As Christians, we more than all others have reason to perform our work with resolve and thankfulness. We are, after all, to do all things as unto the Lord. He has placed us in our circumstances, whether at work, school, or home, and so we perform our daily duties with diligence and zeal to please Him. He is a good, gracious, and merciful, no matter our circumstances. May we always keep that truth at the forefront of our minds.

Well, speaking of cleaning, I have a feeling there's something around here that needs to be cleaned. While I go check that out, why don't you take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Michelle Lesley helps us sort out and articulate the primary problems with so many women's ministries today.
  • Last week, we talked about the Advent season, and mentioned some things we can do to keep our eyes,  minds, and hearts fixed on Christ during this busy time of year. Christina Fox offers some practical, simple, biblical ideas with the same goal.
  • Newer forms and formulations of contraception still carry a risk of breast cancer, especially as women age (age is a risk factor anyway). This is significant since birth control is widely distributed and heavily promoted. While risk of breast cancer increases with age, women who are on hormonal contraception longer are also at increased risk. On the flip side, birth control has been seen to decrease risk of other dangerous cancers in women. Use of hormonal contraception is a personal choice, but it helps to have all the facts while you make your decision.
  • To Santa Claus or not to Santa Claus? Here's why one family chose not, and here are some ways to keep it biblical if you choose to include Santa Claus in your Christmas tradition.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Tis the season for my favorite Tim Hawkins bit. "I think the shepherd boy's been in the field a little too long!"
  • Theology books are on sale! Just remember, though—reading about theology and doctrine isn't the same as living it out. Reading about sanctification won't sanctify you. Reading about holiness won't make you holy. Head knowledge is nice, but it can't save you and isn't necessarily a fruit of salvation.
  • I pretty much need every single one of these.
  • A look at how God's grace is evident in Jesus' genealogy.
Here's a side to the Christmas story that isn't often told: Those soft little hands, fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb, were made so that nails might be driven through them. Those baby feet, pink and unable to walk, would one day walk up a dusty hill to be nailed to a cross. That sweet infant's head with sparkling eyes and eager mouth was formed so that someday men might force a crown of thorns onto it. That tender body, warm and soft, wrapped in swaddling clothes, would one day be ripped open by a spear. Jesus was born to die. — John MacArthur

1 comment:

  1. Hi Erin, here's another excellent article concerning Santa, looking at him from a theological perspective:

    https://www.kootenaichurch.org/articles-pdf/christmas/Santa-Pause-Peters.pdf

    In Christ,
    Mike

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