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Necessary Flight Adjustments
December 20, 2016

A private airplane pilot informed me that planes are constantly bombarded with a variety of changing influences during the course of a flight, requiring on going adjustments in order to arrive at the intended destination.  These changing “circumstances” include weight fluctuations due to fuel consumption, wind direction and velocity, changes in humidity and temperature.  Propellers are more effective in cooler temperatures than in warmer. 

The story of the Magi in Matthew 2 is very interesting.  For one, it was foreigners who became aware of the birth of the king of the Jews while locals missed the phenomenon.  After they saw the star, they assumed Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, would be the logical place to find the birth place of the king. By their inquiries they raised a Herod-hurricane and the whole city became disturbed.  The king was able to secure the requested information and the magi made the necessary course adjustments.  They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose now went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was and they were overjoyed.  When they came to the house they “saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”  Then, having received a warning in a dream about the evil intent of the King, they made another course adjustment and returned to their country by a different route. 

What is your intended destination when it comes to celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmas?  How are you adjusting to fluctuating circumstances, i.e. business, advertising, unfulfilled expectations, disappointing relationships, job challenges, loneliness, grief etc.  What adjustments are you making to your “flight plan” in order to arrive at your hoped for destination; peace and joy during the Christmas season?  Own your own circumstances instead of playing the martyr, woe-is-me card; blaming others for your circumstances.  Accept the truth that God has plans for you; plans to prosper you, giving you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  Accept God’s forgiveness for your wrong attitudes and actions.  Connect with Him through reading the Bible, prayer and engaging other followers of Jesus.  Adjust your course as God guides your path, just like the Magi adjusted their plans.    

Have a very Merry Christmas.  May God provide you with much peace and joy.

pj

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