By Rev. Doug Clay
I ran across an article entitled, “178 Seconds to Live.” It’s about the results of some pilots training in a flight simulator. Each pilot was a skilled aviator, but had not taken instrument training. As long as the weather was good, they were experts and had no problem operating the plane. But when they were placed in the flight simulator, and asked to keep their plane under control as they flew through simulated clouds and bad weather, their good performance tanked. They all lost control of their planes and crashed in an average time of just 178 seconds!
They could fly well in good weather, but they couldn’t survive three minutes in bad weather.
There are people like these pilots, who are skilled in living when the weather is good, but when conditions worsen, they are ill-equipped to navigate and eventually crash.
There is no such thing as a problem-free life.
2 Corinthians 4:8, LB
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.
If you are trying to “fly” through or just survive a current storm, you need to:
1. Relax and keep in mind that God is good:
Psalm 27:13-14, NKJV
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
2. Slow down and keep in mind that God is strong:
Psalm 69:13-15, CEV
But I pray to you, Lord. So when the time is right, answer me and help me with your wonderful love. 14 Don’t let me sink in the mud, but save me from my enemies and from the deep water. 15 Don’t let me be swept away by a flood or drowned in the ocean or swallowed by death.
3. Close your eyes and keep in mind that God is near:
Psalm 34:18, NIV
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
We all travel at different altitudes and speeds. We all will experience some turbulence in this life. So buckle up and consider Paul’s flight plan advice:
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God.