Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Are You Afraid this Plane Will Crash?

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Many years ago, we had moved to Oklahoma, and it was necessary for me to fly back to California to attend a court hearing. One of our customers did not want to pay their bill for their new roof so we took them to court. I made my reservation and off I went.

“Are you scared that this plane might go down?” asked the young lady sitting beside me.

“Oh, there is nothing to worry about. This plane will arrive safely at its destination,” I told her. “Why do you say that?” she asked. I replied, “I am on this plane and I have prayed for a safe trip, and God hears and answers (most of) my prayers. We might have a few bumps, but just like on a highway there are ruts in the road at times. Don’t worry! We will get there on time, and all in one piece.”

I did not try to convert her, or quote scriptures or use the Roman Road technique because many times we are only led to speak a few sentences, and that is all that God requires.

It has been my habit to speak certain words as I enter an airplane. I remember well the day that I heard a minister tell about his airplane adventures. He reminded us of the story of Jesus getting into the boat with His disciples. As Jesus stepped up to enter the boat he spoke these positive words, “Let us go over to the other side.”

His words were bold and optimistic, and they did not include fear that the boat might sink; as the waves were to soon roll over the boat and nearly collapse it into the deep.

Jesus fully expected to arrive at the “other side” unharmed, and safe and sound!!

“Let us go over to the other side!” Just a simple statement! Now I use those words when I step up to an airplane. I use those words when I open my car door even to drive into town. You can even apply these words to your jogging, or your walk in the park.

Expect safety, and expect to arrive at your destination worry free, under the careful protection of the Angels who are always watching over you.

Every one of us is daily, coming closer to arriving at our final destination.

There are only two ultimate final locations.  One I would not wish for anyone to go there! The other place is Heaven. Inviting Jesus into your heart will give you safe access into heaven.

If you have not already done so, it is a simple statement of faith. Say with your mouth: “I believe you died on the cross for my salvation, that you rose from the dead and are alive today, Jesus, come into my heart and I will live my life for you.”  Following Jesus will lead you safely to the other side.

May the God of peace watch over us every one and carry us safely over to “the other side” of Glory.

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  1. This is lovely. Even though I have flown a lot, I still have doubts when I step onto that plane, especially if I am without my family. I love this line the best: ...because many times we are only led to speak a few sentences, and that is all that God requires.

  2. I grew up with a fear of flying I didn't overcome til recently so this really spoke to me.You would be my perfect flight companion!

  3. This was beautiful. We are on a journey to the other side. And just as Jesus ministered on the way, so you did on your plane ride to the other side. Maybe she will be at our final destination and you will learn the impact of your words.

  4. I definitely pray every time I or any of my family flies. I think of the day God chooses to call us home more often than I used to. I think it's a healthy Christian perspective to think about our real home.

    I loved the message of salvation in this one. I wonder if we all should be a little more diligent about including that in our weekly thoughts?

  5. I also get scared when there is an area of turbulence when we fly. But whenever I assure myself that God will make us reach our destination safely because I prayed for it before our flight, my fear dissipates. I always find comfort in trusting God whenever I feel afraid. :-)

  6. I am going to make this my prayer when I travel from here on out. Your words bouey my confidence. I always have the jitters when I fly. Beautiful message today, my friend.

  7. I've never been nervous about flying, but my wife hates it. I always try to remind her that God is in control, and he's the one who will take care of the plane. I've never thought about "going over to the other side" though, I'll definitely be using that next time I have to fly with my wife.

  8. My daughter just left for a week in California. I love to fly but sending my daughter alone is sooo difficult. I figured if God was watching the birds of the field He surely could keep a large "bird" in the sky!


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