Friendly Skies?

Psalm 3

I am not afraid of flying, but I must admit these admission from pilots gave me pause for thought:

* “The truth is, we’re exhausted.  Our work rules allow us to be on duty 16 hours without a break.  That’s many more hours than a truck driver.  And unlike a truck driver, who can pull over at the next rest stop, we can’t pull over at the next cloud.”

*“It’s one thing if the pilot puts the seat belt sign on for the passengers.  But if he tells the flight attendants to sit down, you’d better listen.  That means there’s some serious turbulence ahead.”

*“There’s no such thing as a water landing.  It’s called crashing into the ocean.”

“People tend to think the airplane is just flying itself.  Trust me, that’s not true.  It can fly itself sometimes.  But you’ve always got your hands on the controls waiting for it to mess up.  And it does mess up.” (From “Fifty Secrets Your Pilot Won’t Tell You,” Reader’s Digest, November 2010, pp.93-101.)

Hope those frank admissions don’t cause you to cancel your Delta or Southwest reservations!  They won’t for me… not because flying is safer than driving or because of the latest safety features or because I’m all that braver than other people.  I will fly again, because I’ve solved the safety issue in my heart.

David was frightened when he wrote Psalm 3.  “O Lord, how many are my foes!  How many rise up against me!  Many are saying of me, God will not deliver him.”  Look at the superscription for this Psalm:  “A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.”  David was facing family problems, a threat on his life, and questions about who in his kingdom was allied with him.  He truthfully states:  “My adversaries increase!”  And yet David had already by this time in his life settled his security issues.  He writes “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”

There is an old phrase that used to be popular:  God is my co-pilot.  I ride with the security that my hands are not on the controls.  He is my pilot… and He never has to pull over to a cloud to get some rest.