I missed my flight this morning.
I’ve never missed a flight. NEVER. My job has definitely been running me ragged. My life is crazy right now. I arrived a week ago from a work trip at close to 1 AM on Saturday morning. The next Sunday (today) I was scheduled to be at the airport at 5 AM for another work trip. My weeks are jam packed with working, traveling, being a husband and father, mentoring other men, studying the Word and spending time in prayer – and NOT writing.
Oh, did I mention we have been called to start a church? Like I said. Crazy.
I have been busy doing everything I can possibly do and more. Last night I was a zombie just trying to get through another day. I’ve been praying for God to show me how to balance all of it – to show me what I need to do, to show me where I can rest.
I was driving home from a church meeting last night to get to packed up. I began pondering Mark 2:27 …The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. These words Jesus speaks are profound. God set the example for rest. Before Christ, God commanded His people to take a day of rest every week. Don’t work. Completely unplug. We eventually abused the commandment and made it hollow as we always do when religion gets involved.
That doesn’t change the fact that God rested after creating the heavens and the earth, He created us in His image (to need rest), He then commanded us to rest.
I haven’t been doing that.
I’m more of a Luke 9:51 guy: Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He (Jesus) steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…
Give me a task and I will see it through. I used to want to own the whole process for two reasons:
- To show everyone that I could accomplish the task
- To get all of the credit and accolades
I don’t have much of that in me anymore. “That” being pride and insecurity. Still, God has seen fit to put a lot on my plate and I’m good with that. All His promises are Yes and Amen! Therefore, I steadfastly set my face for what He has called me to do.
So when do I rest? That was the exact question I asked God last night. Exhausted. Mentally fatigued. A zombie.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up long after I was supposed to be at the airport. I jumped up and had that slight panicky feeling. What happened next was unexpected.
A feeling of relief washed over me.
So, what did I do? I got up, booked a new flight, changed the nights on the hotel and amended the rental car. I have had an amazing day today. I’ve spent MUCH needed down time with my family. Spent a couple of hours talking to my amazing wife. I even got a nap.
Yes, for the first time in my life, I missed my flight.
And I learned a very valuable lesson: Not only is the Sabbath (rest) good for man, it is good for his family, good for his church, his job, his friendships….you know….his life.
Do you need to miss a flight today?