Airport Connections on my Way Home

I ambled along en route to my connecting gate. “Where is this gate?” I thought to myself. The narrow and secluded hallway planted seeds of doubt in me as to whether or not I was on the right path to my next flight. It was my first time in Toronto, so I felt somewhat uncertain of my location in the airport. “This is not the time to get lost”, I mused. I need to be sure I get to my destination on time. After all, I am facing an important moment in my life.

That moment was, for all practical purposes, a new crossroads in my life, just like my connection in the Toronto airport. But new is not always better. This new junction was that  anticipated moment of going home to attend my mother’s funeral.

Just how well would I handle this connection in my journey of life as a missionary living overseas? Eleven years ago I said good-bye to Mom’s second husband and long before that I said “good-bye” to my own father. But now this leg of the journey introduced a “farewell” that brought a sense of feeling uncertainty, a sense of “what’s next?” I felt like I did not want to take this next step in a new phase of my life. Mom had succumbed to a short battle with cancer, leaving behind a true legacy of love and sacrifice.

For this reason I feel as though I am facing a transition in my life and career. From here, with Mom in heaven, and my four siblings and I to go on (each with their spouses and or situations in life), this moment catupulted me and my family to a point where life would be different. A missionary for thirty-one years, I was now without my biggest backer.
But the connection from where I was to where I would be wasn’t Mom, as a person. It was her determined faith and in her loving obedience to the Lord Jesus. She lived 84 years, and from the point of her surrendering his life to Christ as her personal Savior, it was a walk of faith. Mom lived in a home for seniors about six years after her health began to fail. While there she rarely missed an opportunity to speak of the Lord’s presence and care. She walked by faith and I reminded myself so must I.

My connecting flight in Toronto was to begin boarding soon. I had found the right gate, with enough time to grab a cup of coffee and a bagel while waiting. With my Mom promoted to glory, I could see this was an opportunity to build my faith and live as she had: with an unshakable faith in His plan and design. The connecting flight led to my destination: Cleveland, Ohio. And while boarding I prayed I would have the spiritual tenacity and the sensitivity to see what God wanted to teach me personally through this moment.

Life and ministry, both at home and overseas, requires that we go through some transitions and new stages. Saying farewell to my Mother (Barbara Rogers-Purnell) became one of those transitions for me. And I knew that the design the Lord had for me in this stage was to make me more useful and fruitful in His service.

Ready for Change,

David L. Rogers
Missionary-Pastor

About David Rogers, Magister en Artes

Este blog nace de una profunda gratitud al Autor de la vida, al eterno "YO Soy," quien me dio todo lo que tengo y lo que soy. Sin El, nada sería. Pero como no todos en el mundo han llegado a conocerle, también procuro dar una razón por la fe que tengo. Es una razón no basada en emociones ni en la intuición o el esperar algo mejor. Sino la razón está fundamenta en la verdad eterna, que no es incambiable y que es defensible, la verdad de Dios, el Creador y Sustentador de este mundo. ** Para los que se dedican a las credenciales, aquí están las de este autor, profesor, y misionero: 35 años viviendo en un país adoptivo, 39 años esposo de una misma dama, padre de 4 hijos destacados, abuelo de 4 tiernos nietos, amigo y compañero de colaboradores que han visto mis fallas y aun me llaman su amigo. ENGLISH: This blog is born of deep gratitude to the Author of life, to the eternal "I Am," who gave me everything I have and what I am. Without Him, nothing would be. But as not everyone in the world has come to know him, I also try to give a reason for the faith I have. It is a reason not based on emotions or intuition or expecting something better. But the reason is based on the eternal truth, which is not unchanging and is defensible, the truth of God, the Creator and Sustainer of this world.   ** For those who are dedicated to credentials, here are those of this author, profesor, and missionary: 35 years living in an adoptive country, 39 years husband of the same lady, father of 4 outstanding children, grandfather of 4 sweet grandchildren, friend and partner of collaborators who have seen my failures and still call me their friend.
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3 Responses to Airport Connections on my Way Home

  1. Lee Wise says:

    “Life and ministry, both at home and overseas, requires that we go through some transitions and new stages.” How true.

    So thankful for the testimony of you guys throughout the years. You and Ruth Ann are and have been an example of faithfulness to our Lord, love for your family and an on-going desire to see many come to know Him as their Savior, Lord and Friend + helping people to grow in Christ during their own faith journeys.

    • And not that you don’t know about transitions! You have had a number yourself, my friend.
      Thank you for the uplifting and encouraging words. The final evaluation is not in yet, but we are learning to adjust. Most recently my challenge is not only family related, but also learning to keep growing in the church leadership. It seems that one transition builds upon the other.
      May the Lord use us to bring others down a path to maturity and to fruitfulness. I will be contented with that.
      David Rogers
      Missionary Pastor

      • Lee Wise says:

        LOL…”adjust” could almost be a synonym for life, 🙂

        “Transitions build upon one another” There ya, go Dave: a message topic. Yes, bringing many to fruitfulness: how true.

        Lee

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