Saturday, September 6, 2008

Finding Peace on the Journey

by Catherine Marshall

My friend Marge had an experience aboard a plane bound for Cleveland, waiting for takeoff. As she settled into her seat, Marge noticed a strange phenomenon. On one side of the airplane a sunset suffused the entire sky with glorious color. But out of the window next to her seat, all Marge could see was a sky dark and threatening, with no sign of the sunset.

As the plane's engines began to roar, a gentle voice spoke within her:

You have noticed the windows, He murmured beneath the roar and the thrust of takeoff. Your life, too, will contain some happy, beautiful times, but also some dark shadows. Here's a lesson I want to teach you to save you much heartache and allow you to abide in me with continual peace and joy.

You see, it doesn't matter which window you look through; this plane is still going to Cleveland. So it is in your life. You have a choice. You can dwell on the gloomy picture. Or you can focus on the bright things and leave the dark, ominous situations to Me. I alone can handle them anyway. And the final destination is not influenced by what you see or feel along the way.

Learn this, act on it and you will be released, able to experience the peace that passes understanding.


21 comments:

Charlotte said...

What a gorgeous photo and what a good lesson. I deleted the first sign up for you. I wouldn't worry about it linking to your entire blog. Some people do it that way every time. If you click on the title of the post, it will take you to just that one post and then the https://thing will be different. That one is the one to paste in the URL.

Denise said...

This is very lovely, just like your heart my friend. I love you.

skoots1mom said...

I alone can handle them anyway.

reminding ourselves of his wanting the best for us, that he is steadfast, and leaving whatever our concern at the foot of his cross GIVES HIM the glory HE DIED FOR...
May we all hold this in our hearts and in our minds, resting on his yoke

Amanda B. said...

Awesome!! This is WHAT God has been drilling into me through my study on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I, too, have found that when I arise early, before the dawn, and praise Him and ask for His feeling, he gives me eyes that can only see the glorious side of the plane. And if I should chance to glance at the other side, His Spirit speaks to me a gentle whisper. "Rest my dear daughter...I'm at the wheel." Oh, isn't it glorious when we finally seek Him, Find Him, and Know HIM!!

God bless you this glorious Sunday

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Good Morning Mary,

What a beautiful illustration, a wonderful reminder to focus on the bright things in life and leave the dark ones behind.

Have a beautiful Sonday,
Kathi :)

JnL4God said...

Mary,
What a powerful lesson. Great picture too. I will be taking a couple of flights in the next month and will remember this story now.
Hugs,
Lynn

From the Heart said...

A wonderful lesson given in such a beautiful way. God is a wonderful teacher if we will just listen to Him.
AlicE.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Thank-you for such a great analogy. I always try to look out the window with the beautiful sunset. When I don't read my Bible and pray like I need to then I start to look out of the other window. I prefer to keep reading my Bible and praying to have that beautiful sunset.
Thank-you so much for posting this today.
Ginger

nannykim said...

Thanks, that was really beautiful and that was really a very appropro example for me today as my husband had to leave on a flight right after church ---loved the picture of life it told!

Betty said...

What a beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post. We all need to always try to look at the bright side instead of the dark and look to God to guide us through it all.

BP said...

That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this powerful lesson.

Cyndy said...

Hmmmm. God seems to really trying to hammer home this lesson with me. Thank you for sharing this. As always I am very blessed!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Focus. Oh the places where our eyes will take us! I've had a lot of stirrings along these lines lately. This post has definitely added to my thoughts.

Happy Monday!

~elaine

Debra said...

I enjoyed this very much. Very insightful!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Mary, I'm doing my Spiritual Sunday rounds today, I love this post what a beautiful and comfort to know that the Lord is with us during hte beauitful times as well as the scary moments..

Luv ya Lorie

skoots1mom said...

Lord, watch over Texas...Take Ike and turn him south...may he weaken in the water instead of speeding up. We know you have control of the wind, and we put our trust in you. May your will be to not bring any more devastation from this storm. Should evacuation be necessary, give all those who need it safe travel to a safer place. Our prayers will continue as we keep up with the storm's path...

From the Heart said...

Mary,
Thanks for stopping by. I will be praying for you and your husband that the storm will not be as strong as predicted and that you will be safe. I appropriate the
91st Psalm over your home in the name of Jesus.

I'm glad you liked my cursor. I found one on another person's blog and asked her about it. If you would like one go to the bottom of my sidebar where it says Cusorsfree and click on it.
Be safe and let us know how things are going when you can.
Love you,
AliceE.

ancient one said...

You have such an uplifting blog..I must remember to look out the beautiful windows and let GOD take care of the dark...

ising4him said...

Thank you for your comment, Mary. I am so blessed to know that you and the others care. I was truly encouraged by all your comments and will definitely stay in touch, even if I don't continue blogging.

I read this last post of yours and I was doubly blessed by your friends' experience. God is so awesome to speak to us as He does and he really spoke to me through this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

God bless you!
Dale

HOPE said...

AMEN! what a great post/devotion!

As my dad use to say when the weather forcast said 30% chance of thunderstorm...he'd say..YEP, and 70% SUNSHINE! thanks dad! I always looked at life much better then...and with the LORD..

SUNSHINE is forever there..

Plant Lady said...

Mary,

I hope this post finds you well. I'm a bit concerned as to your safety during Hurricane Ike. I've been listening to The Weather Channel and I remembered you lived in Texas, and I believe you might have mentioned that you were near Galveston. I pray that you are OK.

When you get a chance, let me know how you are.

Praying for your safety,
Plant Lady