Excerpt from
The Jensen Family

Probably he got caught in a steel trap like this one over here," their dad said, pointing to an exhibit in the next case.
"But how could he get free from that?" Julie asked.

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– posted 12.04.2009

#12: Simply Trusting

A Character story about trust.

The twins didn't believe they could wait until the March break for their trip to Arizona! But with much preparation to do, the time went by quickly. For one thing they had to work ahead in school since they would miss a week of classwork. That wasn't so bad. But the closer they got to the time of the plane ride, the more nervous Julie got.

Finally they were ready and on their way to the airport. Though Julie was unusually quiet, Jason talked continually as they drove down the freeway. "Dad, where are we going to leave the car?" he asked as they neared the airport.

"The airport has parking lots where we can park for the whole two weeks. In fact, they have a little bus that will give us a free ride to the terminal. I hope it's warm. Uncle John told us to leave our winter coats here."

All went as planned and soon they were at the ticket counter checking their luggage. An hour wait was necessary before boarding the plane so Jason decided to explore the terminal.

"Don't go too far," Mrs. Jensen called as Jason headed out on his adventure trip.

"I won't," he called back, "I'll be back in just a few minutes."

Mr. Jensen sat down next to Julie. Her face was flushed as she way squeezing her legs nervously. After a few moments he remarked, "Isn't it great that we have some clouds today?!"

"Why?" Julie asked without looking up.

"Because, you can see all the beautiful cloud sculptures that God makes on top. They are really something!"

Julie shook her head. "Not me. It's bad enough to have to go in the plane. I'm not looking out the window. That's for sure!"

"OK," he said, "but you'll miss some real beauty. I got a seat by the window in case you change your mind." He took Julie's hand and they walked around the terminal to ease some of her nervousness. Soon a voice announced their flight and in no time they were all inside.

The plane wasn't as large as Jason had hoped but he didn't seem to notice. He plopped into a seat by the right window next to his mother and began staring out the window. Mr. Jensen sat by the left window with Julie holding his right arm tightly. Before long the door closed, and the plane taxied to the runway and roared into the sky. Julie was quiet for the first thirty minutes until the plane levelled, but finally Mr. Jensen could feel her grip on his arm slacken. He turned to her. "Feeling better?"

Julie nodded her head. "A little."

"Want to sit by the window now? These clouds are just fantastic!"

She shook her head, and sat quietly. Finally she said, "This thing is so noisy. Do you think my new sister can hear it?"

"Not likely," Mr. Jensen answered. "A baby really starts hearing about the seventh month; this is only the third." Mr. Jensen opened the briefcase under his legs and pulled out a book. "I got this book from the library so we could keep track of how our little one is developing before birth." He opened it and paged around a few moments. "Here. This is close to what he or she looks like now," he said, pointing to one of the colour pictures. As Julie stared at the picture, Mr. Jensen continued. "By this time junior is a little over one inch long and weighs about three grams - that's really about as much as three pencil leads."

"Really?" Julie responded in amazement.

"Yup. By the end of March he will be three inches long. The fingers and toes will then be fully developed, as well as the ears, eyes, and eye lids."

Julie examined more pictures in the book. "She's so ... so tiny!"

"Yes, tiny but also very complete. It says here that the heart started beating . . . uh. . . about the time we told you about this trip. Then the baby was only half an inch long. By the end of April all the parts of the Baby's body will be formed and just need to grow larger. It's hard to believe people would say that isn't a real person yet, don't you think?"

"Uh-huh," Julie nodded, staring at the pictures. "I . . . I was just thinking. Her parts are so small. If something happens to her at this age, she would be crippled or something, wouldn't she?"

"Yes, you're right. But there is nothing we can do about that except to make sure mother eats and rests properly, and is not injured. All the rest is up to God. I guess we have to do just what we are doing in this plane."

Julie looked up into her dad's eyes. "What's that?"

"Just trust, and wait patiently. Worrying doesn't help, that's for sure. But when we trust in God's goodness, we can get the very most out of all of His blessings."

These words cut into Julie's fretting heart, but she didn't say anything. "In Psalm 37 David said that we can 'rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him,' and 'fret not.' When we obey this, we are showing that we believe God will give His very best to those who leave the choice to Him."

Julie was lost in thought for several minutes. Then she bowed her head in silence. When she looked up she was smiling. Pulling a tissue from her purse, she began to clean her glasses.

"Daddy, could we change seats? I want to see all those beautiful clouds you were telling me about."