Monday, August 06, 2007

Are You Hostage Or Free?

Remember I told you about my recent flight "Around 2:30, I think, we boarded the plane. Then around 5:00, yes Five O'clock, we took off. We were supposed to arrive originally at 4:45. We arrived around 7:00."

As we sat on that plane, waiting for the weather to clear, we were allowed to use our cell phones to make calls and let those waiting for us know what was going on. It was fascinating to me to hear all the different perspectives as people spoke with their families.

One (very loud talking) lady made a call and told the person on the other end of the line about how we were delayed and then said "we are being held hostage on this plane." I seriously had to slap my hand over my mouth to keep from laughing out loud. Here we were allowed to make calls, allowed to get up and use the restroom, allowed to use our electronic equipment, being informed whenever the pilot got new information, being served water, and waiting on ATC to release us to take off and this woman considered herself being held hostage.

What were the alternatives? We could go back to the gate and loose our place in line, the crew could possibly 'run out of time', and our flight could be cancelled and we would not get to our destination until the next day or later. Sitting on the flight for a blip on the timeline of eternity was a small inconvenience to get to where we were going.

I think this is how some of us view our time in the pew each week. Some of us sit there and think that the pastor should hurry things up. That when he preaches too long we are being held hostage. Some of us think this while others of us participate and get refreshed by the living water that our Loving Lord serves to us.

Are you a hostage in the pew or an active participant in worship? How does your attitude affect your worship? Will you release your frustrations to the Lord and ask Him to forgive your 'hostage' mentality and ask Him to lead you to the full worship experience that He has for you?

1 Corinthians 7:23 (The Message) All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom. So please don't, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side.


Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

yes, you would think my son was going to die on some Sunday's.. we are working through that right now...
oh my...

good little lesson as always

Susan said...

Oh it's all about perspective isn't it??? Love this thought.

:-) Susan