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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

TITLE: Based On a Technicality
By Richard Schilke


The sound of the F-14’s jet engines lowered from an ear piercing roar to a tolerable whine as the olive green figure guided the sleek plane to its resting place. The red flags he used to guide the plane served a dual purpose to the man in the olive green garb; first, as a signal to direct the planes that were entering and leaving the busy runways at Okinawa Air Force Base and second, as a daily reminder that his job title was “Air Traffic Control.” The year was 1968 during the tumultuous conflict known as the Vietnam War.

“Dad, tell me more about the planes,” the little boy asked his father as he looked at the photo album for what seemed to be the thousandth time. Innocent admiration on the young boys face as he looked at the pictures of “his dad” went seemingly unnoticed as the man in the pictures patiently answered the barrage of questions.

“Who’s this guy here? Dad, DAD!” The boy pestered the father over and over.

Little did the curious boy know, the man sitting next to him on the couch actually enlisted in the Marine Corp to become a pilot. He aced all the tests, but due to a technicality, was excluded from flight school after signing on for four years. Every question was a reminder that a small twist of fate had changed his destiny. Not only did the man’s dashed dream of becoming a pilot eat at his soul; the training obtained as an air traffic controller also fell by the wayside due to a heart defect he had from birth that precluded him from earning a decent wage as a civilian air traffic controller. As the years passed by, the man became angry at circumstance and the God who, he thought, didn’t answer prayer.

Human beings, created in God’s image, let unrighteous anger get in the way of a perfect relationship with Him. Anger, an emotion created by God is not a sin by itself. Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) says, “Be ye angry and sin not.” Psalm 7:11 (KJV) reiterates, “God is angry with the wicked every day.” This word “angry” is an emotion God has toward sin, showing a constant intolerance to sin that does not go away. Human nature, since the fall of mankind, tends to look around for someone or something to blame when life’s circumstance does not go according to plan. When “angry” consumes our thoughts and lives, the sin of idolatry is committed. A human emotion is placed before God’s perfect will.

Answered prayer is like a birthday present that does not arrive on the expected day. The wrapping paper is torn, the bow is missing, and the box is crushed. But when opened, the item inside is in perfect condition, arriving exactly at the time needed. God has knowledge of our needs and answers prayer accordingly. If we look at the outside appearance and become angry, the blessing given from the inside answer is lost.

God answered the prayers of the angry man’s mother, to keep her son safe, during a controversial conflict in which many mothers lost their sons. The little boy sitting on the couch grew up witnessing the anger the man had for what he thought was a wasted life, based upon his wants not being fulfilled. The father missed out on the blessing of an admiring son looking up to his mentor. Now the choice of the son to change the angry destiny placed in him by actions of the father, broke the generational curse and created a desire to help others see that negative circumstance can actually work to fulfill our needs.

Technicalities in life arise, creating unexpected outcomes in our daily circumstances. Rather than focusing on the negatives that are obvious, we must pray and ask God to help us not become angry to the point of sinning and to show us how the outcome works to increase our knowledge and understanding of His hand in our lives. This is why we must give thanks in all things.

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Donna Powers 08/13/07
A very good reminder of God's timing in our lives. I like this phrase: "Answered prayer is like a birthday present that does not arrive on the expected day." Nice job
Jennifer Wetter08/16/07
Interesting Challenge piece. Its decidedly offers a different perspective on anger.
Dee Yoder 08/21/07
Your story is a good way to start this devotional on anger, and going back to it at the end makes your point very clearly. Good writing.