From a Pilot’s Vantage
Tears blurred my eyes and sobs caught in my throat as I grabbed an umbrella to hurry outside. I rushed to the grass-covered airstrip. Looking up, the sky had only thick ominous clouds. It was “last light.” If the small Cessna didn’t land now, then darkness would prevent it from landing anywhere in the jungle—and my family on board would die. I heard the buzz of the plane as the pilot tried to find the short runway near the village where we lived as missionaries in Papua New Guinea.
I stood on the edge of the airstrip and heard the buzz of the plane. I just knew the pilot couldn’t land.
But wait—didn’t I know Bruce? Wasn’t he a well-trained pilot, familiar with the treacherous terrain? Yes, he was an excellent pilot, and I should trust his judgment. Yet that wasn’t any comfort as I scanned the dark sky.
Finally, I saw the plane pop down through a cloud, circle and touch down on the airstrip. I breathed a sigh of relief. Walking over, I told Bruce how worried I had been. He raised his eyebrows and said, “But it was clear up there. Your area was covered in rain, but there was blue sky everywhere else. I knew I wouldn’t have trouble landing.” He could see what I couldn’t from a pilot’s vantage—the clear sky all around with only patches of bad weather.
Trusting God is similar. He sees the full picture of what is happening in our lives—our past, present and future. To Him, all is crystal clear, and His plan for our lives is unfolding with purpose and direction. After all, He lives in heaven, so He has a great vantage from which to see.
Trusting God means we must believe in His Word. Find scriptures to encourage you. Then, realize He has a purpose. Many times after a difficulty has passed, we can look back and see God’s hand. Lastly, accept God’s sovereignty. He has ultimate control over every aspect of our lives. We may not always understand, but He sees from eternity’s perspective.
I was thankful for the pilot’s expertise to get my family home safely. God taught me a great lesson that day. He knows our vision is limited, but what a joy to know that His power and knowledge is endless. Let’s trust Him.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to learn what it means to trust You in the hard times, knowing that You see things from eternity’s perspective. Give me a heart that is willing to believe in Your sovereignty so that I can rest in You.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5, 6 NET.
Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.