DISRUPTED TRAVEL PLANS
“Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebr 4: 14-16)
Yes, let us hold fast to our confession. I was beginning to reflect on this passage yesterday, when unexpectedly I got stuck at the airport in Moscow because of a visa-problem. And then I ended up in a little bed-and-breakfast near the airport, where the WiFi was not working. So I did not post any reflection yesterday, but now I am grateful for the disruption of my plans. I “hear” these words about our inimitable High Priest, Who is “not unable to sympathize (co-suffer) with our weaknesses,” and Who “in every respect has been tested as we are,” – I hear these words more clearly, more gratefully, when things go against my plans, and I am “tested” in little or big ways. An unwelcome disruption to travel plans is, I think, a wonderful time to “hold fast to our confession,” and to “find grace to help.”
So here’s the lesson I carry away from all this, for future reference. Let me pay close attention to the presence of Christ, when a border-guard asks me to step aside and come with him; Or when an airline-attendant tells me my flight is cancelled, delayed with no explanation, or that my luggage has not arrived. Let me “receive mercy,” and pass it on, to the hotel-receptionist who tells me that the WiFi isn’t working. Because we do, indeed, “have a great high priest who passed through the heavens,” admittedly not in an airplane, with the preceding frustrations of our airports, but indeed having “been tested” at the hands of our darkness, frustration, betrayal, and abandonment. I thank Him today, for always being here, even at this airport.