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The day before we left on our mission trip to Puerto Rico it was announced that there were problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. I didn't think anything of it until our group leader announced that she had checked with Southwest and she thought we would be OK. What did she mean by that? Were we scheduled to be on one of them?

I checked and we were. I'm not usually an alarmist but I have to admit that I did get a little nervous. My mind began picturing everything that could go wrong. Images of the crash in the Hudson, the terrorist attacks on September 11th and every airplane disaster movie I've ever seen came back to me. I bet this is why some people don’t like to fly.

The next day we were on the plane and everything went off without a hitch. I always pray during lift-off and landing. I ask God to be with us. The truth is that God is always with us. Sometimes he is easy to see. I remember hearing one person who survived a disaster say they believed that angels were riding on the wings. I like that image.

It is easy to become frightened and overcome by worry when we think of all the things that can go wrong in life. When a friend is diagnosed with cancer or a relative announces that they are getting a divorce, or a child is severely injured, it is only human to think about our own situations and wonder if we could be next.

The truth is that life is filled with possibilities, both good and bad. We never know what tomorrow will bring. The good news is that we know who holds tomorrow. God hasn’t promised us that life will always be perfect and that we won’t ever suffer any pain. What He has promised is that He will be with us. God will give us strength to face those difficulties.

The season of Lent reminds us that God sees our struggles. He knew that we were in trouble. So he came and lifted the burden of our sin on his shoulders and carried it to the mount of sorrows. Isaiah tells us "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

God cares for you and me. Our peace can be found in him. He is the One who turned the tragedy of his son’s death on the cross into a door through which the whole world could be saved. So why should we worry? As the Apostle Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Simply trust God when you are afraid. God is our pilot and he will bring us to safety in due time.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.


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