A Life of Risk
Risking our resources proves our profession of faith.
(Read Matthew 25:14-30)
About 10 years ago I got on a plane to see some friends on the East Coast. I was in the window seat and after I got settled in, I took out my Bible and a couple of books and started reading.
A few minutes later a young woman who was professionally dressed sat in the seat next to me. Not long after she sat down, she began a conversation. Normally, I like to be left alone on planes, but I didn't want to be rude, so I do what's normally done in those contexts and asked what she did for a living. She replied that she was a buyer for a major retail firm and was traveling to the East Coast for a clothing show. She talked about how much she liked her job and how much fun the trip and the show were going to be.
Then she asked what I did, and I responded by saying that I was a pastor and a seminary professor. She asked, "So you're religious?" I laughed somewhat and replied, "I guess so." She quickly took a magazine out of her bag; I could tell the conversation was done, so I went back to reading my books.
About 40 minutes into the flight, we hit a bad storm over the Midwest and the turbulence was terrible. The plane was like a roller coaster bumping up and down, and I did what I normally do: I closed my eyes, grabbed the seat rails, held on tightly, and prayed like crazy.
Like most of you, I've flown through turbulence before, but the turbulence during that flight was extremely bad. I was scared, and people were screaming and the plane kept dropping. I was praying, "Oh Lord, please don't let us crash; please Lord, just get us through this storm." Suddenly, I felt hands grip my arm tightly, and I looked to my left and saw the young woman looking at me. She said, "You're religious! Do something!" So I ...
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Scott Wenig is associate professor of applied theology at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and author of Straightening the Altars.