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THE TWINGE
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by Sheryl Scott

Here I sit — thousands of feet above the ground, knees aching, feet sweating, but very much relieved that I finally got the nerve to ask my husband and the gentleman beside him, (who by the way, looks like a young Rowan Atkinson), to kindly unbuckle, stand up and let me squeeze past. I stagger to the back of the aircraft, stand in a line of all females and wait my turn for the only flushing toilet on this very full flight. The call of a full bladder can’t be answered fast enough.

This flight is not the first I have taken. Although, this is the most flights I've taken in one week. I am venturing out on an incredible journey. But even as I write those words, "incredible journey", I only now believe that it is.

There are ten of us on this trek. Some have already been, some, not yet. We are on our way to Bolivia to help at a Leadership Summit and given the privilege of visiting with our sponsored children through Compassion Canada. Pretty crazy…that last part. Who gets to do that?

So, you'd think I’d be excited. I’m feeling anxious. Maybe that's not the right word — not anxious in a bad way, just that tiny twinge in the center of my heart that keeps retelling my brain to worry.

"This is the farthest you’ve ever been from home, you know."

"You're thousands of feet about the ground…in a tin can…you know."

"Who would look after the boys, should…."

"Would they be okay?"

"Would they remember me?"

And even putting these thoughts down gives strength to my fears and the little twinge gets bigger.

Then God speaks peace…when I rest my head and relax my heart enough to hear Him.

"I will keep you in perfect peace…if your mind is stayed in ME."

"My strength is perfect."

"I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper…not harm…"

"Trust Me with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding."

So, go away anxious twinge! God has more for me. He has something incredible to teach me. Something immeasurably glorious for me to see. And I don't want to miss it. I don’t want it to slip through my fingers or be sleeping. Or worse yet…be nursing my twinge.