Be joyful always; pray continually;
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
What is your first reaction to a bad situation? Recently, my husband and I had some trouble coming back from a trip to a foreign country. On Saturday our flight was cancelled and we were told we couldn’t leave that day. We handled that pretty well.
The next day our first flight was delayed and we missed our connecting flight. The lady at the counter told us we wouldn’t make it home on Sunday either. We were stuck again, this time in a different country. Unfortunately, we didn’t handle that news quite as well.
At this point, grandma had been watching our three kids for 12 days. She was tired and we desperately wanted to see our kids.
My first reaction to the news that we might not get home for the second straight day was tears. I’m not really a crier so this surprised even me. Sometimes we can’t help our first human reactions. But right after I felt the tears well up in my eyes, I started to silently pray at the ticket counter for God to get us home.
The key to handling bad situations is to keep praying constantly so that it’s automatic to go to God first. After all, He’s the only one who can make the situation better. (By the way, we did end up flying into Chicago and driving home, making it at 11:45 pm on Sunday night—God is good).
Dear Father, we desperately need Your presence. Help us to make prayer a habit through the day so that our first instinct is to go to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.