Trust THE Pilot

April 24, 2019

(Psalm 31:14; 56:3; 84:12; 145:18; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 43:1)

 

 

Over the course of my adult life, I have done a lot of flying throughout our beautiful country.  For the most part, I enjoy flying.  My parents always told us that the adventure of a trip begins when you leave the driveway; so the destination is not the journey, but the journey is the journey.  I try to enjoy every moment and every component when we take trips.

 

When flying on an aircraft, there are certain things that happen every time for me, no matter the time of the flight or the level of my exhaustion.  When the pilot takes off, as the plane ascends, there are always butterflies in my stomach for just a bit.  Truth be told, it’s perhaps a little nervousness tinged with the excitement of the adventure.  But as the plane is ascending, we inevitably fly through some clouds, turbulence, and/or rough patches.  While the intellectual side of my brain tells me this does no good, I usually grip the seat tighter.  Some people say they pray harder during this time, some even going so far as to hyperventilate or go into full-blown panic mode.  Sometimes I even look out of my window and see that we have obviously turned in a direction that is opposite of where we should be going.  Should I go ask the pilot if he’s lost?  Should I go ask him if I’m on the right flight?  Should I look at my GPS and see if this is an alternate route with less traffic?  No, I must sit back.  If we’re patient, and trust that the pilots know what they are doing, and allow them to continue doing their job, we come out on the other side of the clouds, (and going the right direction) and it’s smooth sailing (for a little while, at least). 

 

Oftentimes we look back on the clouds and wonder, why in the world did I get so worked up about that? Or we look back and think, “That wasn’t so bad.” Or “Man, I’m glad that’s over.”  Or maybe even looking back and seeing a lesson in the turbulence.  Then we settle into the comfort of the smooth sailing part.  But, we need to hold on, right?  Because we don’t stay in the air forever; sooner, rather than later, we will begin the descent, and inevitably there will be more clouds, turbulence, and rough patches.  That’s the way life is…in and out of the clouds, moving in and out between rough patches and smooth sailing, then back again, making a left turn, only to go the right way.

 

I am not a pilot.  I do not know how to fly an airplane.  I don’t know what all of those fancy buttons do, or when to push them.  But I know someone who does. So why in the world would I climb into the cockpit of an airplane and try to fly one?  I wouldn’t.  Yet, so often, I do just that with my very life.  I hop into the driver’s seat and take off as if I know where I’m going or how this is going to play out.  I don’t.  Just as I trust the pilot to have a better plan than mine to get us safely to our destination (no matter how many wrong turns I may think he takes), I should trust God.  His plan is so much better than mine, and it’s all for His good.  Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.”  It doesn’t tell us that all things are good, but that they all work together for His good.  And ultimately, don’t I want it all to work out for His good?  I once heard a pilot say to the passengers, “I’m taking care of me up here, and if I’m good, you’re good.”  There’s tremendous truth in that.  God is taking care of not just me, but everyone and everything.  I have to trust that He sees the bigger picture; and if it’s good for Him, then it’s good for me. 

 

My music style is very eclectic…I am an old soul.  I love many genres of music, but above all, I love hymns.  I grew up singing them, but mainly I believe that I love them so much because you are singing God’s Word back to Him.  What better way to learn scripture than to sing it (if you’re ever sitting next to me on a plane during one of those rough patches, you may hear me humming “My Lord is Near Me All the Time” or “It is Well with My Soul” or “Be Thou My Vision.”)  Another thing I love about hymns is that they tell a story.  So many songs in today’s music don’t really tell a story so much as make a statement.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love contemporary music and praise songs, but to me, there’s nothing like a good hymn.  Look in any hymnal and somewhere on the page will be the scripture reference from whence the song originated.

 

This past Easter Sunday, our church choir sang a song written a few years back, “God Leads Us Along.” There is so much truth to this song…

 

 

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet
God leads His dear children along
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet
God leads His dear children along

 

Some through the waters, some through the flood
Some through the fire, but all through the blood
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long

 

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright
God leads His dear children along
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night
God leads His dear children along

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose
God leads His dear children along
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes
God leads His dear children along

Away from the mire, and away from the clay
God leads His dear children along
Away up in glory, eternity’s day
God leads His dear children along

 

 

Just as we trust the pilot to take us safely (although sometimes uncomfortably) to our destination, I trust that God is leading His dear child along (me).  I know that it may sometimes be in the valley, through sorrows and evil woes, but He is also leading me through the green pastures so rich and so sweet.  I trust Him because no matter where He leads me, it is good.  And wherever He leads me, I will go.

 

As I look back over my many occasions in an airplane, I am struck by the fact that at no time have I ever walked onto an airplane and asked to meet the pilots, asked to see their resume or credentials, asked what they’ve done for me or what I can do for them, or asked to spend time with them to get to know them better.  I get on the plane, turn right, go to my seat and trust that they will do their job.  So why is it so hard for us (me) to trust the Master of the Universe, Creator of all things, Divine Orchestrator, Sovereign God, Wonderful Counselor and Friend, who not only created me, but wants to have a relationship with me.  He wants to have one so badly that He left His living Word here for me to get to know Him better.  He already knows me, I’m the one who needs to learn more about Him.  I pray that in all I do and say, that my ultimate goal is to do His will for my life, know Him better, and trust the Master…because He truly is leading His dear children along.

 

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you TRUST in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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