Smart friends. (Part 4 of 5)

I shared with you that God’s been provided just segmented whispers, “Holding pattern” and “Wait – not yet.” God’s given just enough direction, but not one step extra. I feel like I’ve been circling around and around and around and around like the way my dog, Romeo, used to walk in circles until magically his body landed in his favorite sun spot. I’d watch him and think, “Just lay down already!”

Physically (my foot/weight), professionally (my book) and personally (my attitude) I’ve been in some wicked holding patterns. And to be quite honest, I want to ascend or land to, “Just lay down already!”

But I’ve learned that this time, that’s just not an option.

I guess this is Air Force day since both people mentioned here are from my Air Force days.

I recently re-read a letter from a mentor and friend, Miss Jo. I met Miss Jo when I was a brand new Second Lieutenant at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. She worked at the Post Office in the same Headquarters building where I was assigned. She adopted me as hers and still calls me her “Baby Girl”. Something she wrote in her last letter seemed just so appropriate for today’s post, “Sometimes God has to slow us down in order for us to hear His voice that leads us in the direction we need to go.”

God slows us down, intentionally, so we can hear him better.

Miss Jo didn’t write “stop” but “slows us down”.  That sure helps me make some sense out of being in a holding pattern.

I wanted to dig a little deeper to help embrace, rather than just endure, these holding patterns so my first stop was the individual that had the absolute terror honor of being my very best friend from Boot Camp who will never put that title on his resume is now a pilot in the United States Air Force.  The one, the only, Lieutenant Colonel Gerrod McClellan.

(Here we are as cadets at Lackland Air Force Base in SanAntonio, Texas.)

I asked Gerrod, “Why are holding patterns necessary? What’s the purpose?”

He wrote, “There’s only one overall reason to hold when flying, it’s because you need to wait and there’s no way to just pull over and stop. To maintain flight the aircraft has to constantly going forward. Holding allows you to do that in a designated safe place where you can do circles to kill time while not losing your position. There are many things that you may have to wait on like air traffic, bad weather, emergencies, etc.”

When we chatted on the phone about this he said, “You can’t just pull over and stop. That’s not an option. You have to keep moving.”

God sure gives me smart friends, huh?

This was my take away: While waiting in your holding pattern, don’t quit (crash), keep going.  Keep on moving, even if it’s slowly in holding pattern circles. Those very well could be purpose driven circles intentioned for your safety, to keep your position and to prevent an emergency.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Galatians 6:9 (Message)

Why do you think God allows holding patterns? What do you think of my smart friends?

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