I slipped in the aisle seat on the second row of the airplane. And I looked to my left. â€œI wonder if this will be a full flight?â€ I said.
â€œCould be,â€ a male voice answered.
I was heading to St. Louis last weekend. And as itâ€™s my zany habit, I started a conversation with the closest person to me. The experiences add fun to my travelsâ€”Iâ€™ve listened to sad stories. Happy stories. Laughed at silly episodes people tell me. And Iâ€™ve even been a tad bold and offered advice from time to time.
I clicked on my seat belt. And turned to my left again. â€œI think weâ€™ll take off on time. Thatâ€™s a good thing, right?â€
I settled in and stuffed my bag under the seat in front of me. â€œSo is St. Louis home for you?â€ I said .
Okay, this guy is shy. Or maybe just doesnâ€™t feel like talking. So, any normal person would hush and leave him alone, right? Oh no, not this chica.
I smiled and again asked, â€œIs St. Louis home for you?â€
What part of St. Louis?â€
When he told me, I mentioned a specific church. And we learned we had a mutual friend.
That opened up the conversation, lively and interesting. Before I knew it, he was relating details about him and his life in the city we both knew well.
Then he opened up a bit more. He gave me some facts about him and his work. We kept talking and about an hour later, he detailed the anxiety that surrounded the relationship with his wife. The disappointment with his kids. And a sense of helplessness with the whole situation. His voice portrayed fear and frustration.
During the two-hour flight, the stranger turned into a nice passenger. Then to a kind person. Then to a dear friend who I longed to help.
That must be the same with God also. When we come to Him, weâ€™re a bit shy about opening up to Him. Weâ€™re reluctant to spill our heartache to Him. We donâ€™t really want to lift that cover where underneath we store details no one else knows. Weâ€™d rather tuck inside anything that is not pretty, pleasant or painful. Itâ€™s easier to ignore what causes heartache. And itâ€™s harder to admit insecurities.
David didnâ€™t have this problem. In fact, he would make a great travel partner because he had no reservations in expressing his displeasures to God and perhaps to those around him either: â€œO LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strengthâ€ (Psalm 88:1-3).
David didnâ€™t hold anything back. And we shouldnâ€™t either. God has a seat reserved beside Him just for us. His head is turned toward us, His ears are attentive, and His hands ready to create something good. No need for shyness in telling Him the details because â€œThe righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them allâ€¦â€ (Psalm 34:17-19).
Father, how often I fool myself by thinking I can hide things from you. I know you are aware of my inner most secrets. Of my longing for peace. And for the anxiety no one else knows. Help me to be transparent as I ask for your help. In Jesusâ€™ name I ask.
–When your heart feels overwhelmed, with whom do you share that?
–What areas of your life are hidden from God?
–Although God knows all details in our lives, why do you think He wants us to share them with Him?
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