Who’s In The Cockpit?

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” (Ps. 37:23-24)

Have you ever experienced turbulence while flying on an airplane? Turbulence is basically the instability in the air around a plane caused by winds and air pressure. It can make any passenger feel nervous when the airplane hits turbulence.

Years ago my wife and I were flying back from a conference in Texas. We were on a smaller plane when, all of the sudden, we hit turbulence. That little plane vibrated as if it was hitting speed bumps in the air. It is enough to make your heart skip a beat.

It wasn’t until later I learned that it is an extremely rare thing for an airplane to crash as a result of turbulence. In fact, I learned that airplanes are designed to withstand most any turbulence they encounter. The flight crew knows this, too. That is why, even when turbulence seems bad to us, the flight crew continues to serve food as if nothing is wrong. They are used to it.

The pilot isn’t worried over turbulence, either. He has the knowledge and wisdom to guide the plane safely to its destination. One reason the flight crew doesn’t get nervous during turbulence is because they trust the pilot.

What a spiritual lesson for us as well. At some point or another, we will hit turbulence in our lives. Circumstances will shake our world up! But in the midst of it all, we can have peace in our soul when we know Jesus is our pilot and He is always in control.

Who is in the cockpit of your life? If YOU are in control, then there is great cause to be worried. But if Jesus is in the cockpit, there’s no need to fear. Turbulence is nothing to Him. After all, the winds obey His will!

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