Dear TLS Community,
Trust the Pilot
It is good to be back! After a number of weeks leave, I am ‘back in the saddle’ here at school, refreshed and glad to be back amongst my colleagues and the wonderful children here in our care. Travel is great but it is always great to be home.
A long plane flight certainly gives you time to let your thoughts run free though. The inflight entertainment tends to run its course and you look for something else to occupy your time. At one stage I turned on the navigation screen that gives details of speed, temperature, flight time elapsed and still to come (Really? 12 hours still to go?) and the flight path.
I couldn’t believe my eyes, the flight path we were taking was not a direct one, we were veering further north than I thought was logical. Were they ok up front? Had someone dialled in the wrong coordinates? Surely there was a mistake being made. And I couldn’t do anything about it (And if I did, I may have ended up in serious trouble!!!).
After a while though we were back on a more direct course and in due time we landed where we were supposed to. After a brief prayer of thanks for safe travel, we disembarked and headed off on our tour.
This got me thinking though. It didn’t matter what I thought about the ‘correct’ flight path, or what was logical to me, the pilots and navigators knew what they were doing. They had more information about altitudes, fuel usage, weather conditions and safe flight paths than I did (thank goodness!). They knew when to turn, how to avoid worrisome turbulence and how to get from point A to point B without any advice from me!
How similar I thought to God and me. He has, and always has had even before my birth, a ‘flight plan’ for me. It was all mapped out. I recognised the times when I resisted this and wanted to (perhaps selfishly) go my own way because I thought it was better, quicker, or easier. However, God said no, this is the pathway for you. My resistance, as I experienced as a flight passenger, was in vain. God has taken me from point A and knows exactly where point B is and He knows how to get me there safely (not without challenges mind you) until I arrive at the end of my flight disembarking in my heavenly home.
Thank God for skilled pilots, but also thank God for His plan for you. He is in control, he loves you and give you a safe ‘flight’.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
May He bless you as we finish our second term and into the future.