Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? When disaster strikes what’s your response? We can despair and focus on the problem without a solution, or we can figure out a way to deal with it and, perhaps, turn disaster into something worthwhile. It’s never easy to do, but if we can see beyond the problem, it’s always helpful.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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The Brunner family is a camping family; Holly and I have been pulling RVs for nearly 40 years in all kinds of weather, with a variety of vehicles, and an assortment of dogs, bikes, equipment and, of course, kids. We’ve always made it there and back without too much of a hitch; although there were times it was marginal. One trip in particular about 15 years ago comes to mind. We were pulling our RV with an old Chevy Suburban that had a propensity for flat tires. As it happened, just a few miles from home, I blew out one of the rear tires. Pulling over I got out to survey what I confidently expected: a totally flattened tire. It was dark and rainy. The spare tire would be hard to get to as it was blocked by camping equipment. With the rain and darkness it would be difficult to jack the truck up, especially with the trailer attached. Deciding I couldn’t replace the tire under the circumstances, and figuring the distance to home was less than a mile, I glanced at a truck full of anxious children, Holly and several dogs and made a decision to slowly drive on the rim for the rest of the way. The 4,000 feet or so of road seemed like a hundred miles traveling at that snail’s pace. However, keeping the image of our driveway in mind as the rear rim ground and dug into the road, I willed my way home. It was noisy, I ruined the rim and gouged the road, but we made it home by keeping an image of home ahead in mind over the road behind.
When disaster strikes what’s your response? You can despair and focus on the problem without a solution, or figure out a way to deal with it and, perhaps, turn disaster into something worthwhile. It’s never easy to do, but if you can see beyond the problem, it’s always worthwhile trying.
Here’s a story. As a young man, film director Robert Flaherty spent many months in the far north looking for iron ore and cod. He found neither, but he did shoot 70,000 feet of film in his travels. Someone encouraged him to edit the film and make a documentary, which Flaherty spent weeks doing. But just as he finished, a match from his cigarette dropped among the celluloid, consuming the entire film and burning Flaherty badly. His response to the disaster was a determination to return to the far north and make a film of Eskimo life “that people will never forget.” He did just that, and the result was the classic 1922 documentary, Nanook of the North. (Today in the Word)
When Jesus’s disciples despaired as waves were crashing into and over their fishing boat, Jesus arose and, before stilling the waves, he cautioned his disciples. “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” All the disciples could see were whitecaps around them, ahead and behind them. The sea was a place of terror and the distant shore they were heading for had been pushed out of their thoughts. Their disaster was real and they made the decision to dwell in it as opposed to traveling beyond it. The filmmaker above could have easily decided the loss of that film footage was fatal and that nothing good could come of it. Happily for posterity he chose to look ahead to something more reassuring, a documentary that could still be made. My flat tire was no different. Faith sees beyond disaster; often making a crisis into a homecoming.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a faith that is able to see beyond the many fearful challenges that afflict us in this life. Forgive us, Lord, when we falter, even backslide when life take a turn into sorrow and grief. Help us to be faithful in your blessings, always believing that home is just over the horizon. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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