My husband, the pilot, along with our two children and myself ventured to Lakeland, Florida on Saturday to pick up his plane after its annual review/check-up. Lakeland is about a two-hour drive from Ocala, give or take some traffic, so we had lots of "family" bonding time on the way to our destination. Upon arriving at the Lakeland airport, the plan was to drop my husband and Zachary, our son, off to fly back home, where Mackenzie, our daughter, and I would meet them later.
From the backseat, I heard the sound of the iPad oohing and ahhing, looked in the rearview mirror, and asked, "What are you guys watching back there?" Jeromy, the pilot, and my beloved, calmly answered, (I'm paraphrasing) "Ten Scariest Plane Landings." He could sense my expression or as he fondly describes me, "disciplining him with my eyes," and paused the youtube video. He then sighed and patiently explained, "They survived, Amanda. I'm watching to see what they did right."
My grip tightened on the steering wheel, but the wheels turning in my head were spinning out of control.
Makes sense. In order to prepare, to have a plan, you have to ask the right questions along the way. Jeromy was seeking to know what the pilots did right in the midst of disaster. He wanted to learn from their successful mistakes. Hmmm. . .how often do I look at a situation others see as a fail without stopping to ask what they did right?
Life is a scary, dark place without the light of Scripture. Anxiety can sweep you along in its death spiral before you have a chance to fix your eyes on the One who can right every situation. That's why your eyes have to be firmly fixed BEFORE disaster strikes. Just as those pilots had to train for worst case scenario, we have to play offense when it comes to spiritual warfare.
The Word of God is a gift, an instructional manual, giving us all kinds of true illustrations to learn valuable how-to's. It takes us from the beginning of time to the final page on this side of heaven and beyond. Sure enough, there are examples of successful landings and horrific crashes. What did the Saints of old do right, what did they do wrong, and how can we learn from them? God expects us to embed his Word, apply it and live by it every day.
Verse: Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice of gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8: 10-11
*We all made it home safely and Mackenzie wants credit for the title.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.