The Pilot

February 16, 2004

Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

I was going on a flight recently. Before I left, it was stormy — snowing and blowing, in fact. I am always a little apprehensive about flying, so the weather didn't help that. The take-off was uneventful; the whole flight was uneventful, except that as we were going up through the storm clouds, the going got pretty rough. My apprehension arose. But within a few minutes, we had risen above those storm clouds. It was no longer rough, and the sun was shining brightly. I could look down and see the clouds, and they were beautiful — soft billowy clouds like pillows, where a person could just lie down and rest in complete contentment.

Then my thoughts turned to the experiences of life. So many times we are in the midst of a storm. It is cold and miserable, and the wind is blowing fiercely. We long to be in the bright sunlight again where it is peaceful and beautiful. I've discovered that the way to that bright sunlight often entails going through some real bumpy times — like up through the clouds in that aircraft. It gets pretty rough. There is a storm before the calm. We have to trust the Pilot and let Him take us up and beyond. Then and only then will the "Sonlight" flood our souls. We are at peace. We can rest on the soft pillows. We can look at those clouds and storms as a learning and growing time.

There are times, though, when the storm lasts a long time. And there are times when the band of clouds is very thick, and it takes a long time to get through it. We get weary and anxious. But the outcome is always the same — if we trust the Pilot. There is "Sonlight" on the other side. His grace is sufficient.

Hebrews 13:5 – God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (NIV)

Prayer: – Lord Jesus, we pray that we will rest in You and trust You completely in the storms of life, knowing that these storms are for a reason — to make us more like You. Our heart's desire is to be more like You, but we don't like the storms. Help us to keep our eyes on You, the "Sonlight", then soar like the eagles and rise above the situations. Amen.

About the author:

Judy Miller <gjmiller@telusplanet.net>
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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