Sunday Go to the Airport BUN!
Posted by lamarzulli on May 29, 2011
Well… I wet to LAX this morning to catch my flight to OK City. I was in the TSA-Pat-down line when someone yelled, “Code BRAVO!” This echoed through the concourse, repeated by other men and then a female TSA employee said, “Stay where you are and don’t move.” So there I am without my shoes on, no belt holding my pants, boarding pass in hand, looking around trying to see what the hub-bub was about. There was a tension in the air. Don’t move? What if a bomb goes off? You bet your sweet bippy that this 60 year old body will suddenly transform into an olympic sprinter!
About 5 minutes went by and then someone yelled, “All CLEAR!” The conveyor starting moving, shoes and laptops got X-rayed, people got scanned, and all was back to normal as I relinquished my 4th amendment rights of being searched without probable cause. At least I wasn’t patted down and cavity searched! All of this because of 911, and an idiot who failed to blow himself up as a suicide shoe-bomber.
I know this isn’t much of a bun so I will end by telling you a about what happened yesterday. 21 years ago I was an elder at a church. An incident happened and my wife and I and our young family left that place. We had been there since our marriage and it was my first church. We felt betrayed, hurt, and abandoned by people that we thought were our friends. I became bitter and through this the Lord worked out some wonderful things in my life. I learned how to forgive, even when I was the one who should have been asked for forgiveness. I was reminded that when Yashua/Jesus hung on the cross He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do! This process of forgiveness took time…. years in fact, but through it the Lord worked out someone wonderful things in my life.
Yesterday I ran into the former pastor of the church that we were kicked out of. I hand’t seen him in 21 years. I was glad to see him and shook his hand and asked him what he was doing. He in turn told me that he had googled my name and saw that I was writing books. Then he teared up and said how sorry he was for what had happened years ago. I laughed and said there was nothing to be sorry about, that what had happened was water under the bridge and that we would spend eternity together! We talked for another minute or two and then we parted. On the drive home my wife and I processed what had just happened. What amazed me was that there wasn’t a speck of bitterness, anger, resentment, or anything else that could have tarnished the moment…. there was only love, acceptance, and forgiveness. All of that to say that the Lord will work in us the attributes that we are told about in Corinthians. If we allow Him, His spirit will transform us, sometimes through adversity, into the men and women that he desires us to become. What was meant to destroy my wife and I, and ostracize us, was used by the Lord to change us, and in that process to become more Christ-like. It is His working in us that makes us godly men and women. It is His power, his love, his relentless pursuit of us, that changes us!
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