Last year when my wife and I were on a trip the pilot announced that we were going through some turbulence. The turbulence was a little interruption in what was a normal, peaceful flight, but it didn’t last forever. We went through the turbulence. Every “turbulence” holds a vital lesson. The turbulence may be painful for a while, but going through it becomes a blessing in disguise. Don’t be afraid of the “bumps” in the road of life.
When we look in the gospels we find that the greatest teachings of Jesus came in times of interruptions or turbulence. It was when Jesus was interrupted that He performed great deeds. The interruptions became a medium to reveal divine purpose. So often when we are in such a hurry the Lord might order a turbulence, an interruption to show us His purposes for the days ahead. This happened to the Apostle John.
Revelation 1:9-10… John was the last of the first twelve Apostles, and he was banished to the isle of Patmos. The word “Patmos” means “my killing” or “my frustration.” It was an interruption in his schedule. John could have said, “Lord, it’s killing me to be here.” Jesus could have said, “I know John, but I have to “Patmotize” you so that you can receive divine truth.” The Lord’s Day came and John was worshipping (v. 9). Psalm 118:24 reads, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (KJV). God will make a “day” just for us, whatever happens, and we need to rejoice and be glad in it. If the Lord plans a day for you filled with interruptions or turbulence look for divine truth. Psalm 4:1 teaches, “In pressure thou hast enlarged me” (Darby). As John was worshipping he came under the Spirit’s power, and he was shown a whole lot of things. John could have argued, “Lord, I’m the last of the twelve; the church needs me.” Jesus could have agreed with him, but… “John, I have to interrupt your schedule to show you mine.” Jesus stopped John to unfold to him the future purposes for the church, and so we have the book called “The Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
There are days that we do not like what is happening to us, so we tell the Lord about it. He might agree with us and remind us to stay cool under the turbulence, because He has something to teach us, a revelation or a fresh purpose. Through Isaiah 55:8 the Lord shows us, “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (NLT). We will have our days of “Patmos” experiences. Perhaps you are in your “turbulence” right now. What are you going to do? Struggle, argue, resist, get angry? Or are you going to rejoice and see what the Lord has for you? John realized that he was on Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Lord will never move us toward a turbulence experience without a cause. Don’t think for a moment that God is unfair. He has a plan for your life, and a fresh purpose and truth to go with it.
Pastor George Belobaba
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