Holding Pattern

September 21, 2007
by Julie Bowles

Recently, we went to the airport to pick up some friends who were arriving. It was a beautiful day — the sky was so blue, and there were no clouds to be seen. As we travelled towards the airport, we had a great view of the planes coming in to land. I also noticed a few planes that seemed to be circling before landing. I recalled a flight which I had been on previously, when we had to circle before landing.

I could feel the excitement build as I boarded this flight for a new destination. Whether it is for business or pleasure, for just a few days or longer, I can always feel the anticipation inside. As I got closer to my destination, thoughts began to form: Will the person who is to meet me be there? I hope they haven't lost my luggage! I wonder what the weather will be like. Then the captain came on and said, "I am sorry. We are going to be delayed. We are in a holding pattern for landing." He did not say how long it would be. As the minutes ticked by, I sat, listening for the captain to come back on and say that the plane was now cleared for landing. Each minute seemed longer and longer. I kept glancing at my watch, but there was nothing I could do to change or hurry up this event. It was out of my hands — and in the capable hands of the pilot and the air traffic controller.

Finally that word came: "We are now cleared for landing."

On this particular day, as I picked up my friends, I had been feeling very much like that plane in a holding pattern, waiting to land and to get my feet back on the ground, so I could move ahead again in my walk with the Lord. It was through this event and the verse below that I felt my spirit being ministered to.

Ephesians 3:17 – That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love … (NKJV)

Our Lord and Saviour does not want to see us just circling; He wants for us to gain ground and be in relationship with Him. Sometimes the word we are waiting for — "Cleared for landing" — comes from a friend, a sermon, or just through keeping our focus on the Lord. If we keep our sights on Him, He will guide our path.

Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your love and guidance that is with us no matter where we are or how we are feeling. Thank You for the life lessons that You provide for us, to draw upon in our times of need. Help us to be life lessons to all whom we meet in our daily lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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