Recently I thought of our Christian walk being like flying a plane. There are times when a pilot flies in the daylight hours and gets to see exhilarating vistas. The scenery from a plane can be breath taking. There are times however, that our Christian walk is tough and not so exhilarating, and we are simply persevering. I thought that this could be compared to a pilot who is in the middle of a storm, or flying at night. In a storm or at night, a pilot must rely on his instruments. He may not see anything that gives him a point of reference, but his instruments will not lie to him, he must simply follow them. When we are going through a tough time, we must simply rely on God’s Word, and do what it says, no matter what.

My dad was an air traffic controller much of his life. He would see planes on the radar, communicate with them, and give them direction on where to fly, and at what altitude. He would also help them land. He told me a story one time about how a man was up in a plane with someone else as the pilot. The pilot had a heart attack and was not able to continue to fly the plane. The passenger then called in to my dad, in a panic, because he didn’t know how to fly. My dad was a pilot in World War II so he could help this helpless passenger. My dad gave this man step by step instructions and he landed the plane safely. He was very grateful to my dad, as you can imagine.

When we are going through tough seasons in life, there are times that we are afraid and panic. We are disoriented and don’t know what to do. Sometimes we have been relying on someone who is no longer able to help us. God is like a really good air traffic controller. We are on his radar and He is watching us and keeping us safe. If we need His help, all we have to do is call out to Him, and He will help us "land our plane" safely!

For He Himself [God] has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

We are disoriented and don’t know what to do.
We can trust in and rely upon Him.