Learning to expect the unexpected is one of the laws of life on the road. I flew back into the USA on Wednesday to join Third Day on Winterjam again and was supposed to have a simple 25 minute flight from DC to Philadelphia on Thursday lunchtime to rendezvous with the guys. However, a 'biohazard situation', as the stewardess called the overflowing toilet, forced the flight to be cancelled and left me no choice but to rent a car and drive nearly 200 miles to the show in Reading, Pennsylvania. Thank the Lord for the classic rock stations which helped me maintain my sanity through the terrible rush-hour traffic in DC and Baltimore. Today proved equally unexpected, but a little more pleasurable with trips to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and to see Avatar in 3D. Just in case you think life on the road is all leisure we did find time to read a Bible passage and pray together. I shared with the guys the story of an axehead floating in 2 Kings 6. 1-7. Go read it for yourself-at first glance it appears to be a random and insignificant story about not damaging a tool you have borrowed from a buddy, but everything is in scripture for a purpose, and I summarized the lessons we could learn from this story as follows:
- The Lord is interested in the seemingly small and unimportant parts of our lives.
- The Lord is able to make good our mistakes and rectify our shortcomings.
- The Lord is a supernatural God and still rules over nature.
More importantly, losing an axehead gives us a picture of what it could be like to lose the cutting edge of our faith, and to accept a Christianity that has no power and sharpness. We prayed that we would never get to that place and asked God to renew the cutting edge of our faith and to show us the miraculous.