The next morning as I was discussing my lost phone with a friend I commented, "Everything happens for a reason."
He replied, "I don't believe that. Sometimes it's just bad luck."
It struck me that his world view is different than mine. I believe in a God who loves me intimately, who is always with me no matter where I go, who knows how many hairs I have on my head, who provides everything I need. In Matthew 6:25-34 I am reminded that I don't need to worry about my life, or what I will eat and drink, or what I will wear. Instead of worrying, I am challenged to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness." (verse 33)
When "bad" things happen, I have a choice. I can complain, fret, worry, get upset, and focus on the negative, OR I can choose to give thanks, trust, rest, and focus on God's consistent character. Sometimes God will intervene and change the circumstances. Other times, the circumstances will remain the same.
Despite contacting both airports and the airline's lost and found, my phone is still missing. (In case you're wondering, I had not downloaded the "Find my iPhone" app.) However, I enjoyed a wonderful conference. I was able to interact with other school board trustees, learn some new skills, and enjoy listening to inspiring speakers like Salmond Khan and Geoffrey Canada. Next week I'm looking forward to receiving a new cell phone.
|Ruth L. Snyder|
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