Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“How can they can fly in this weather?” my daughter asked.
I was flying with my wife and daughter. My daughter was in the window seat and all we saw out the window was thick clouds.
“They have a bunch of instruments in the cockpit and there is also Air Traffic Control that has a bunch of people trained in guiding airplanes.”
“Are the instruments all that stuff I saw when the pilot let me see the cockpit?”
“How do they know what all that stuff tells them?”
“They’re trained in how to interpret the data.”
“Where is Air Traffic Control?”
“They have towers all over the country where airports are and the Air Traffic Controllers sit in them and keep track of where all the airplanes are in the airspace that tower handles.”
“It’s like how things are in our walk with God,” my wife chimed in. “The Bible is like the instruments in the cockpit. The Holy Spirit helps us interpret what it tells us, and God is the Air Traffic Control.”
“He sees all the things we can’t see and puts us on the right flight path,” I added.
“When ATC tells the pilot to make a course correction, the pilot must do exactly as they are told or they may collide with another airplane,” my wife said.
“Sometimes the airplane gets to the airport they’re supposed to land at and ATC puts them in a holding pattern because there is a thunderstorm over the airport,” I said. “The airplane just flies in circles around the airport until the storm clears.”
“So, it’s dangerous for the airplane to land in a storm?” my daughter asked.
“Exactly. Sometimes it feels like God has us in a holding pattern,” the wife said.
“Because there’s something in our way that is bad for us and He has us wait until it clears,” the daughter said.
Just then, we broke through the clouds and as soon as we did; the runway was right there, and we were landing. The airplane instruments and ATC led the plane right where it needed to go, even though there was no visibility.
I made a note to remember that God sees all and when He tells me to fly in a holding pattern and wait, I should do that. When He tells me to go here or go there, I should do that. He’ll make sure I land where I’m supposed to.