Character

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Last week i learnt a lesson which you would think i should be well versed with, but which apparently still eludes me. Worse, or better depending on how you look at it, the person i learnt from is the last person i would ever have imagined i could learn this lesson from, in fact learn anything from.

Our son, Davis was scheduled to depart on the 19:30 flight. I had informed him that since traffic is always unpredictable, we shall leave home at 17:00. He had friends over and finally, we pulled out of the driveway at 17:15. It was a Thursday and so i believed traffic would not be bad, coupled with the fact that it was 21st.

Most importantly, the holy spirit had revealed to us both that his visa application was successful. This meant that his trip was in God’s will for Him. We all know that what God has ordered, no one can change.

We get to Langata Road and there is a standstill jam. I decide to take the unfinished bypass to Mombasa Road. Barely a kilometer on, the oncoming drivers advise us to return to Langata road because its worse on the bypass. I managed to get a little ahead thanks to a new road i didn’t even know existed. Langata road is still jammed.

By the time we get to Nyayo stadium, its 18:30. This is an international flight and he needs to be at the airport at least two hours before departure. To make it worse, a relative who works at the airport and whom am hopping may assist just incase calls and calmly shares her doubt that Davis can get on that flight. Am now nervous.

I decide to put the blame on Davis, the few minutes we wasted at home. He is slumped on the back seat, without a care in the world. He just looks at me with a smile. He is as calm as he has ever been. I can hear my spirit say, really? Is he to blame? Oh ye of little faith! I let him off and concentrate on the road as traffic starts moving. Mom who is with us takes it up. I ask her to let it go.

Davis is so peaceful. This must mean God is in control, my only job is to drive him there. And thats the reality. In any situation in life, its always very important to remember that God is in control. Screaming, complaining or panicking can never do any good. But does alot of damage. It causes illness, disagreements and so much strife.

At 18:47 i screech to a halt at the departure lounge. I help him with the bags, Davis is as calm as if he has three hours ahead. He was right, God was in control! He has learnt this better than i. For we have gone through this jam thing before when dropping my husband with him.  Five minutes later he texted me from the plane, i smiled. That is my son. I was so proud of him! He has a character. Trusting in God is the most difficult thing, yet the best thing you can ever do.

Father God, please enable me to trust and obey you. For there is no other way. Amen!

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