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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trusting God - A lesson from a child

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Trusting God - image courtesy of Globat Jet via flickr
Trusting God is an eternal challenge for millions of Christians. Failure to trust in God is the main cause of people dropping out of Christianity.

So how do we trust God?

Here's an example from an email I got a couple of days ago...

A   pastor had been on a long flight between church  conferences.

 The  first warning of the approaching problems came when  the sign on the airplane flashed on:  Fasten  Your Seat Belts.

 Then,  after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be  serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting  a little turbulence.
 Please  be sure your seat belt is  fastened."

 As the  pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious  that many of the passengers were becoming  apprehensive.
 Later,  the voice on the intercom said, "We are so sorry that  we are unable to serve the meal at this time.
The  turbulence is still ahead of  us."
And  then the storm broke.
The  ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above  the roar of the engines.

 Lightning  lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that  great plane was like a
cork  tossed around on a celestial  ocean.

 One  moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of  air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to  crash.
 The  pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and  fear of those around him.
 He  said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that  nearly all the  passengers
 were  upset and alarmed.

 Some  were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were  wondering
if  they would make it through the  storm.

"Then,  I suddenly saw a little girl.  Apparently the  storm meant nothing to her.
 She  had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her  seat; she was
 reading  a book and everything within her small world was calm  and orderly.

"Sometimes  she closed her eyes, then she would read  again;
 then  she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were  not in her world.
When  the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm,  when it lurched this
 way  and that, as it rose and fell with frightening  severity, when all the adults
 were  scared half to death, that marvelous child was  completely composed and unafraid."

 The  minister could hardly believe his  eyes.
 It was  not surprising  therefore, that when the plane  finally reached its
destination  and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our  pastor
 lingered  to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a  long time.
Having  commented about the storm and the behavior of the  plane,
 he  asked why she had not been afraid. The  child replied,
 "Cause  my Daddy's the pilot, and he's taking me  home."

 There  are many kinds of storms that buffet us.  

 Physical,  mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can  easily and quickly darken
our  skies and throw our plane into apparently  uncontrollable movement.  

 We  have all known such times, and let us be honest and  confess, it is much easier to be at rest
when  our feet are on the ground than when we are being  tossed about a darkened  sky.
 Let us  remember: Our Father is the Pilot.