“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:5
“We’ll be boarding this flight from Atlanta to Tulsa in 10 minutes.” Normally I would be grateful for an on-time flight heading home, but this time these weren’t the words I wanted to hear. I’d been watching and praying about the impending storms for several days and now I saw the radar showing a long, dark orange line of storms with the threat of tornadoes headed toward Tulsa. Ok, God, this is my answer? We’re heading right into a storm?!
Passengers were nervously checking their phones with the latest weather updates and then we were alerted by the pilot that there would be some rough air especially as we approached Tulsa. My prayers went to a whole new level, for the pilot, for the air traffic controllers, for our storm-quelling God to still the winds. And about the time we were supposed to be landing, the pilot came on again and said,
“We’ve re-routed this flight to Wichita due to the storms and will be delayed landing about 45 minutes.” I’d never been so glad to go to Wichita in my whole life.
As I reflected the next day and stared at the picture my husband had sent me of our flight’s less than direct path, God reminded me of a few life lessons. The first, life is full of re-routes. Think of the children of Israel in the desert or the adventures of Paul in his missionary travels. But even if you’re not amid a physical reroute, there’s one re-route that is needed daily. A re-route of the mind, to keep us from slipping into or staying long in sadness, hopeless despair, disgust, shame, or fear. Where do you go to re-route your mind?
Jesus wants to be like that good and faithful air traffic controller in your mind who can bring you safely to a joyous and peace-filled destination. And He knows the routes to take. He wants to ingrain them in you and me. It’s where you can “take every thought captive.” There is the route of praise to the faithful, all-knowing, merciful God. There’s the route of thanksgiving for His kindnesses. There’s the route of confession that restores us to the joy of our salvation. And lastly, the route of intercession that leads to peace as we cast all our anxieties on Him.
I know a good place to re-route your mind in the storms of life. It’s the place of prayer. And when you do re-route your mind in praise, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession, you’ll arrive at a safe haven: the place of God’s peace. What an offer! (And you won’t even have to fly through Wichita.)
Pray: Lord, may I receive Your grace to take every thought captive and focus my attention on Your great person and name, live a lifestyle of repentance, focus on thanksgiving for Your goodness, and always intercede. Let each of us know The peace that You’ve promised through this re-route of our minds!
In Jesus’ Name
Women’s Bible Study Leader
First Baptist Broken Arrow