"It’s a go, you’re on tomorrow’s flight”
I was told before being dispatched to Peru where I spent two weeks helping thousands of American citizens get repatriated back to the United States. The Peruvian government had suddenly closed its borders and the airport without notice. As I collected my bag of masks and gloves and headed to the airport, I wondered what I would be able to do to help. How would my role be perceived? What if I failed? What if I got Covid-19? How would my family fare in my absence?
My parents called me and asked, “Do you trust God?” My answer was “yes, but…” They then reemphasized, “Trust God, no really.” That made me rethink my trust in God. Do I trust God? Do we as Christians really trust God? Not yes, but…; not sometimes; not sort of.
Trusting God means yes, just plain yes. My mom texted me Psalm 91 and as I read those words at the airport Starbucks, grace and assurance relieved my anxiety:
“The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. He will cover you with his feathers, and und his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.. no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
As I worked with our team in Peru meeting Americans from all walks of life in the airfield hangar, I encountered moments of inspiration. Fellow Christians who asked for prayer together, retirees and students and tourists who needed words of comfort and compassion. I shared my love and trust in the Lord and ended every conversation with “May God go with you.” After I returned home, I realized how rewarding this experience had been for me, and was thankful for my kind neighbors who checked in on my family and church members who offered prayers. So may the Mount Olivet community reaffirm our trust in the Lord during these uncertain times, and then pay it forward with the confidence we have as Christians to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends who are seeking that unending peace and grace.