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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: My Strength
By Jay Warwick
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A slight breeze stirs the leaves in the trees. The air carries with it a hint of the coming fall. A small gust finds it way down the back of my shirt causing me to shutter. Only a few more steps to the cold steel ramp. A cold drop of rain greets my cheek as I quicken my pace. Finally at the bottom of the ramp I pause. The rain has started coming down harder now. Looking over my shoulder I can just make out the faces behind the window through the rain. Family and friends who took time out of their lives to say good-bye. My knees start to grow weak. I physically start to tremble. Must be the cold rain. Or is it? Am I ready for this? Am I strong enough to leave all behind and venture out on my own like this? I thought my faith was strong. Doubt like a blanket starts to cover my minds eye. Voices of discouragement are ringing so loud in my head I wonder if anyone else can hear them. Suddenly, that verse comes back to me. Over and over again. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT STRENGTHENS ME. Immediately the doubting is gone as is the chill. A dozen of so hands are enthusiastically waving at me through the window. I kick my heels together, swing my body around to face them squarely, and with a straight back and a new strength I give them a hearty salute. I can do this. I know that times will be rough, that temptations will be there. But I do this knowing that Christ is with me. I gain a rush of confidence in knowing the fact that I have not done this on my own. Knowing I spent many hours in prayer over this. That many friends and family have also been praying for me, for God to provide me with wisdom and guidance. A flash of lighting brings me back. I canít tell if my cheeks are wet from the rain or from the tears. Quickly I turn back toward the plane. Step by step I purposefully march up the stairs to the door. War is never a pleasant thing. But whoever said our God was a God of peace was mistaken. The Bible from start to finish is all about war. If not a war of good and evil then a war of us against God and his will for us. Many times God has used people to bring his word to us. And now, I get to be a part of that. I know in my heart there is a reason for this war. A reason for the killing, the heartache, the loss of loved ones. I know, that somehow God will use me to bring others to know of his love for us. Finally at the entrance to the plane I turn one last time and give a wave to all those who I leave behind. Bon Voyage. May God be with you.
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