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No Need to Bail Out With God

August 9, 2017
Dear Friends,

We were on our way to New Orleans for our mission trip.  I was excited.  The
emergency row seats were empty.  Grabbing one was a no brainer.  I moved in
and took the window seat so Hank could join me.  I stretched out and lifted
up a prayer of thanks for the extra leg room.

Moments later the flight attendant came by to ask us if we understood that
we were in the emergency exit row.  I was all smiles.  She asked if we were
willing to perform the tasks required of us in the event of trouble.  She told
us to read the card in the seat back pocket.

Foolishly, I picked up the card and read it.  It scared the heck out of me.  
There was a lot to do.  You should have seen her face when I started asking
questions.  The thing that got me stressed was the answer I received when
I asked, "Where is the inflatable raft located?"

You'd think I was the first person to ask her.  She looked at me and said there
wasn't a raft on the plane.  We didn't need one.  When I asked her, "Why?"
she replied, "We aren't expecting to go over water."  She looked at Hank and
said, "Is he always this way?"  Hank laughed.

The truth is that I was stressing a bit.  What if there was an emergency?  Just
then, like an answer to prayer, Toby Mac's song, Irene, came on my i-pod.  
The chorus spoke to my panicky heart.  It said, "Everything's gonna' be alright.
The Lord's gonna' hear your prayers tonight."  Those were the only words I
heard.  That's how God spoke to my anxiety.

There are always going to be stressful moments in life.  We can't avoid them.  
The Bible promises that God will not leave us.  The Scriptures record God
saying, "Do not be afraid. I will be with you!"  365 times.  It is no accident
that it matches the number of days in a year.

We had a great week in New Orleans.  I never needed to use an emergency
exit at any point. I was reminded that God was with us everywhere I looked.  
He was there in the selfless acts of service.  He was there in the smiles and
the tears.  He was there in the stories I heard.

God was everywhere just like he promised.  I pray that you will know that
God loves you and that you will feel his presence wherever your journey
leads.  So do not be afraid!

God bless!  See you in church.  

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