This is funny and has to be told. I missed my flight to Tokyo on the last day of the year 2017. What a unique way to start a new year, right? Even though I got to the airport 4 hours before the departure time I was too comfortable to move to the check in area in time. Now, on the top of being a really funny experience this will always remind me of several things. God was teaching me something even in the most critical situation. It was so important for me to be on time that I forgot who was in control of this things. It was Him and not I.
The day I left Taipei was Sunday and so I decided to go to a church in the city to connect with the Taiwanese Christians and to hear what God had to tell me for 2018. I have to say, I enjoyed the Church very much. The pastor was almost the same age as me, a young Australian boy named Levite. I was so glad that there were people of my age. He was teaching the word of God with boldness and passion and his message was inspiring. In fact, he kept saying’ Do you feel encouraged this morning?’ What a good reminder that this is the place we go to grow and get stronger in our belief.
On that occasion, as we were entering 2018, Levite was preaching on what attitude we should have for the beginning of the new year. Do we feel we are ready to start something bigger and more daring?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine..” Ephesians 3:20
One question kept repeating. What do we see in 2018? Because what we will see we will also be able to do. If we have a clear image of what that will be then we will surely arrive there. I am aware it is is very difficult to see in the future, and I’m not a fortune-teller nor have I developed any special skill for doing this, but I know that by trusting in his plans for me, the future is clear and safe. In fact, whatever I can imagine, all my detailed plans for 2018, by trusting in Him, they will be even greater. I’m planning to go on a trip to Africa or Israel, also I will try to meet more Japanese people and learn more about Japan. I know my direction but I still need more clarity. However, I’m very excited about this year.
I want to use these last lines to thank Him, for teaching me this important lesson that I need to give up what I already have in order to receive more.
So, I found a flight soon and booked another ticket. I paid an expensive price, 112 euros to be more precise. I didn’t feel well about this, as I already paid a similar price for the missed fare, and for a few hours after, I was still regretting that I could have saved money, if I were more careful. The guilty thoughts disappeared when I remembered what was said in the Taipei church. Let the regrets behind, and stay focused on what is coming.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”. Philippians 3:12-13
So maybe I wasted some money but the lesson was a lot more valuable, maybe invaluable. I will go on into 2018 and make it my best year yet and I will not let the small things to separate me from what I am going to receive.