The Pilot

The Pilot

“He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” - Hebrews 13:5-6

When I get onto a plane, I have a lot of confidence in the pilot. Fear does not keep me awake, though legroom and excitement might. Knowing that there is a pilot with extensive training and experience, a back up pilot, numerous safety checks, and pretty good safety records for air travel, sets my mind at ease.

There was one occasion over the mid-Atlantic, that we experienced 3 hours of rugged turbulence that did unsettle me a little. The rocking went from soothing to violent and stayed violent. But my panic would not have helped the pilot, and in my worry I would not have wanted to take over the controls to the plane. I was never, especially in my anxiety, the one who needed to be in control.

How many time in my life have I, in my anxiety and shortsightedness, wanted the controls to my life? I wanted to have a larger say in how things were going and a detailed account of why they were going that way. But in my fear and worry, I am still not the one who needs to be in control. I need not fear. I am not the pilot, and that is a good thing. Things work best when I stay in my place and do not wrestle with God for control over my life.