April 22, 2024
  • 3:47 pm Lubbock County crash kills 1, injures 2
  • 3:47 pm Sudan teen killed in Hockley County crash
  • 3:46 pm 17 Muleshoe Mules heading to regional track
  • 3:46 pm Muleshoe City Council appoints judges for May 8 Special Election
  • 3:45 pm Here are the Muleshoe Art Association’s Spring Show winners

As we continue making every moment count in establishing our Godly legacies for others, we now come to a most critical moment of our journey after many hardships and arduous, grinding miles just to finally get to this place. You’re moving a whole lot slower than you used to–but at the same time, you can’t stop for too long to catch your breath just yet either. The band of brothers that helped you get through the Makong Delta and managed to bring you here to the Saigon City airport are now trying to rush you through the final gate. Thousands around you are begging, pleading, and screaming loudly for officials for one last chance to “..LET US ON THAT PLANE!!!”

Thankfully, your current condition and identity papers almost guarantee you a seat on this last plane home. But sadly this band of brothers who has brought you this far won’t get to go on the plane with you to save themselves from this infernal turmoil. (You mean–they’re sacrificing THEIR chances to go home now so that you can???) As they have to exit the plane, there’s not even time for a decent goodbye to them all or even a simple “thank you” to those dedicated souls who got you out of that Delta foxhole and flying back home. What will become of them? Will you ever have a chance to see them again?

As the plane lumbers and lifts off out of the Vietnam you’re leaving and towards the skies back home, it’s only now where the gravity of what you just went through begins to sink in. Wasn’t it just yesterday where it seems you began mourning what you lost at the “rainbow bridge”, then immediately wound up in a foxhole of war? The God that I serve sometimes when He delivers the miraculous intervention we may ask or require of Him at times doesn’t always send His answers to our cries in nice, shiny boxes with fancy gossamer bows and yellow ribbons. In fact, don’t be surprised too much if the initial packaging involved may look a little rough and crude around the edges. Burlap sacks, after all, aren’t always known for being the most comfortable clothes to wear.

But at times like these where the most important thing is simply getting the bleep out of Dodge as quickly as possible, comfort and convenience should obviously be very low on your priorities list. You’re probably still hurting from your recent injuries and suffering from your immense trauma. And it sure is a pretty bumpy ride on this cargo plane you’re on right now. But thank God–you’re at least finally getting to leave this place…and that’s what matters most about this thing when it’s said and done.

King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 4:9 & 10 (NASB): “…Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” That’s the best Biblical description I can find about what a true-hearted band of brothers/sisters is able to do best in your greatest times of need. And I wouldn’t be too surprised if somewhere down the line you’ll have a picture of this particular band of brothers that you remember the most featured front and center as one of the pictures you’ll be looking at the most in your picture album on your living room coffee table.

Why? Because you can tell those generations that follow you the story of how you overcame these traumatic experiences as well as the lessons, legacies, and even funny stories they left behind for you. Even when the times were the roughest for all of you, you’ll still be able to find something to smile or laugh about the whole experience. OR—maybe even better, something that will inspire you and others with a special memory or momento they left behind for you. The road from here recovering from all of your recent trauma may be a long and winding one for you to travel from here. But maybe as you start out for happier trails ahead, you can at least remember one small group in your life who served as a sort of Divine construction crew who did their part for you to make the road you’re now walking a little smoother to travel.

Note that this can definitely apply regardless of whether you have just been recently affected by tornados and severe weather (as recently experienced by our brethren in Perryton and Matador) or any sort of personal traumas and horrific experiences you may face of any kind in your own lives.  Don’t be surprised to find at least one band of brothers and sisters in Him ready to serve and help you along in getting to the other side of the crisis that He promised you’d eventually get to. And don’t be equally shocked to eventually discover that same band of brothers in the future later serving as more of your own personal cheerleaders waiting for you on the other side of the “rainbow bridge” along with the loved ones you once knew when His Kingdom comes back here in all its fullness and glory.

Now that your plane has finally landed safe at home on your home terrain, there’s still another thing we’ll need to do soon after we step off this airplane. We’ll do that next time as He graciously allows. Until then, see ya at the CROSSroads–

Coy Holley

CoyRH At The Crossroads

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