DO YOU HAVE THE TOWER IN SIGHT?
“This is CWA 008 to tower. Requesting permission to land. We are in an emergency. Time is urgent. We cannot wait for the fog to clear. Over.”
“Roger, CWA 008. We understand that you are blind in that soup out there, but you will be okay. We will get you down.”
Trusting the control tower and a set of instruments is a must for pilots. But trusting our Omnipresent God is also a must for believers when the fog rolls across life, causing our decision-making process to be difficult. God has both the knowledge and the power to get things done and bring us home safely.
Scripture mentions the importance of a tower in several places such as the following:
“For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
Psalm 61:3. NIV
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Proverbs 18:10 NKJV
The pandemic has made it all the more urgent to look to the Lord, who is our strong tower. It has made the world look like thick soup, and our vision is often blurry, just as it is for airline pilots. For example: government and rulers mandating masks, requiring quarantines, restaurant, gym and school closings, losing or changing jobs, churches closing and so much more. I shake my head. My mind is in a fog. What do I do? What rules must I follow? What do I believe? I have no control of the natural life which I have known. Who do I trust?
My faith in the Lord has assured me that trust, faith and hope are urgent in these times. Once again, Scripture reminds us:
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
What should the attitude of a Christian be in this trying time as we are placed in such difficult situations? There can be but one
attitude. An unwavering trust in God. God is stronger than any danger. Faith focuses on Jesus Christ and His trustworthiness. Praise God that Jesus walked among us so we might know Him and learn to relate to Him. In your time alone with Him, tell Him what He means to you.
It feels like sometimes, God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty, leading them into tight corners from which hope seems impossible. During such periods, these words of Jesus take on added significance. It should be clearly understood that this kind of faith in God is the most practical approach to the problems and testing of life. It is not sense, or sight, or reason, but taking God at His Word.
It has been said that life’s greatest loss is the loss of faith. Jesus did not try to shield Simon Peter from failure, but He did interfere with Simon Peter and his loss of faith.
“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon!
Indeed, Satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat.
But I have prayed for you, that thy faith should not fail;
and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22:31-32 NKJV
Have urgency to spread the Gospel like a virus that everyone needs! Share the Gospel.
Are you trusting God to bring your craft in safely – no matter what the weather or trial? He always will when you give the controls to Him. LHN
(This article was written by LeeAnn Hurrle-Nelson. LeeAnn is a newly retired Delta Flight Attendant and also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.)