Flying Without Fear

Read:  Philippians 4:6-7
           1 Peter 5:7
           Romans 10:9
 
My uncle was a pilot and flight instructor.  Very well known in flying circles.  As an FAA flight instructor, he taught people from all over the United States how to fly.  We didn’t get to see him very often since he lived in California and we lived in Illinois.  He would come out to visit us every year or so, and the greatest thing in the world to me was that he flew himself!  Unheard of in my small world back in the 1970’s in Southern Illinois!
 
If weather and time permitted, we would all go up to the Benton air field where he kept his plane while he was visiting, and he would give all us kids a ride.  Adults went too.  Don’t let them fool you into thinking they weren’t as excited to fly as we were.
 
I never remember being scared to fly.  I should have been.  I had never flown before and it would be several years before I would fly on a commercial flight.  The first time I flew commercially was with my uncle in the seat next to me.  I remember asking if he could fly this big plane.  “I could”, he laughed, “but let’s hope there isn’t a need for it”.  He proceeded to explain to me all the things going on in the cockpit as we flew to California.
 
The way I see it if you want to fly without fear, fly with an experienced, seasoned pilot.  A pilot who knows the plane and how to handle it in all situations, a pilot who knows where he’s going and can fly without being able to visually see the ground in case fog rolls in, a pilot who is able to handle the plane and keep calm in emergencies, and in general, just knows what he’s doing.  I wasn’t afraid because my uncle was that pilot.  I had complete trust in him.
 
Life is much like flying when you think about it.  It’s so easy to live our lives in fear—fear of failure; fear of being accepted; fear for our children, finances, health, aging parents; fear of an uncertain political future.  The list can go on and on.  What we need is Someone we can trust who knows how to handle and guide us through all of life’s fearful situations.  That Someone is Jesus.
 
Listen to some of the promises from the Bible:   “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).  “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35).  “I am the way” (John 14:6).  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  “Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).  ”I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4).  This list doesn’t even scratch the surface of promises given to those who love, trust, and have a relationship with our Almighty Savior Jesus Christ. Are you tired of trying to navigate life by yourself?
 
Are you surrounded by storms and living in fear? Seek a relationship with Jesus.  He is ready and willing to take control and guide you through even the most trying circumstances of life.  He wants you to lead a worry-free, fear-free life by trusting in Him.  Let Him be your pilot!