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Travelust

I’ve just returned from a quick jaunt to a doctor’s appointment in Little Rock. As with any airline travel that involves smaller airports, and therefore, mega airports, especially during winter, there were delays and cancellations. C’est la vie!

While I was waiting for my flight home, I got to do a little walking through O’Hare. When I’m not stressed out about missing a connection or being late for my first leg, I love airports and air travel. It’s in my DNA. I guess that’s what happens when you come from a family that has moved half way around the world in successive generations, and didn’t end up where they started. Yes, quite far from it!

So I was reflecting on how travel is like childbirth. The twinkle in the eye is thinking about a trip. Booking is the conception. Packing, planning, preparing is the gestation. Actually getting to the airport is when labor begins. The flight is the actual labor, landing may be transition, and of course, deplaning is the actual birth. (The airplane is the birth canal!) So you arrive at the desired destination and the adventure begins. Your eyes open on a whole new world, like none you’ve ever known before, but somehow it is familiar. You hear a foreign language and may even struggle to learn it so you can communicate. All the while learning to live in this strange new place. But it is always wonder-filled and has enormous possibility in every choice made.

I read an interview in the American Way magazine (from American Airlines). They were speaking with Rudy Maxa (or was it Rick Steves?) about travel. He said that every time he visits a certain place it is as if both he and the city are greeting each other for the first time. Both he and the city have changed since the last time they met. So while, the place is familiar and he may see some of the same sites each time he visits, there is still something new about them.

I think that is why it’s important to visit a place more than once. If you didn’t like it the first time, try it again. Perhaps you missed something that would have appealed to you. If you still hate it the second time, so be it. But at least you gave it a chance to make up for a bad first impression. But you must be willing to meet again as if for the first time; otherwise, you are just filling your expectations with preconceived notions, which leads to repeating the same experience. Be truly open! The place may have changed; then again, maybe you are the one who needed changing!

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My secretary sent this to me. I just had to put it here.

Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again a bout the verse that says:  “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”  She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed

The woman was silent for a moment Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”
He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

“Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.”

I don’t believe In God as a puppetmaster or chessmaster who plays games with us as his pawns or pieces. I do believe though that God can help us use our experiences to help us better work into God’s purposes, if we are willing.

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