Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
Sam James was a missionary in war-ravaged Vietnam. One of his worst moments occurred when his wife, Rachel, made a trip into the mountains on an old DC-3 propeller passenger plane belonging to Air Vietnam. When Sam went to the airport for her arrival, he learned the plane was delayed. Sam kept asking questions, and he finally learned the plane was missing. As the hours passed, Sam felt an anguish he’d never experienced.
“I made my way out of the terminal to a quiet spot under some trees in the front of the terminal. I knelt and prayed as earnestly as I ever had prayed.” About 11:30 p.m., the plane landed. It had been delayed by a flat tire, but the news hadn’t been reported or conveyed. “Seldom had I felt such tremendous, overwhelming love for my wife,” he later wrote.2
When we face turmoil, we always have direct access to heaven through prayer. When we can’t control our anguish, we know God is in control of the answers. When we’re afraid of the outcome, we can pour out our soul to God, knowing He hears every plea, knows every cry, and cares for the need of every frightening moment.
I firmly believe that God has something to teach us through every experience.