“Sometimes I just have to think about God like Mr. Miyagi,” my daughter softly stated after finding out part of her next day’s flight had been canceled. (For those who don’t know, Mr. Miyagi is a fictional character in the first Karate Kid movie series.) Once again she was facing a snag in her travel plans, but I was very curious about her statement. What did she mean? Did she mean she has to think about God in the same way Mr. Miyagi thinks about God? No, she meant Mr. Miyagi didn’t always explain his methods in teaching his protégés what they needed and ultimately wanted to learn and the goals they wanted to reach, but as unorthodox as those methods were at times, his wisdom far exceeded what appeared to be the immediate need. He helped each one become more than they ever thought possible.
Knowing my daughter always faces some sort of snag during major travel, we had both prayed beforehand, so it was a bit confusing when her flight was canceled, especially since she has hypoadrenia and needs to avoid stress as much as possible. And after all, she would be traveling to attend a Christian conference and celebrate the New Year with godly, supportive friends. As we tried to find alternate flights, we wondered, “What was God’s purpose in the canceled flight?” While we may not know the answer, we both trust Him to bring about the best possible outcome, by the best possible means, and not just for her, but for the most possible people as well. So far, not only was she able to get an alternate flight, but she was upgraded to first class! Not only that, but since her departure city had to change from 45 minutes away to 2 hours away, and since I’d been battling a fever for the past three days until this morning, she was surprised to find that her father was willing to get up in the middle of the night and make the drive. She also ran into a friend and flew on the same flight, although not seated together. I can’t wait to hear the details upon her return and what she has learned from this experience.
Mr. Miyagi said to Daniel-san, “We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say. You do. No questions.” Like Mr. Miyagi, God has made promises, too. Just as Mr. Miyagi not only taught his students karate techniques, but also helped transform them and build their character, one of the promises God has made to those who are His is to conform us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). Sometimes we don’t understand His methods, but His wisdom and knowledge surpass ours. Unlike Mr. Miyagi, God gives us the freedom to ask genuine questions. We may not always see the answers, but “Sometimes all we have to hold on to is what we know is true of who [God is]…” –Kutless
Wax on, wax off…