TRUST THE PILOT (even when you can’t see where you’re going)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Himand He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

One summer I worked for Dowell, a division of Dow Chemical. I was a deck hand on a lugger (in Loo-zee-ana you do not call them a “tug boat” unless you want a fight!) and when we reached our destination, Morgan City, LA, I was flown back to our base in Venice, LA.  

I got to fly in a float plane!! It was tied up to our barge on the Intracoastal Canal and I climbed in beside the pilot (I sat on the right side) and we were pushed off into the canal as he started the prop.
The pilot began to push the throttle forward and was adjusting the flaps. As we gained speed, our nose lifted up and we could no longer see in front of us! I asked him, “What happens if there’s a boat in the way??!?!” 

“He’ll just have to move!” 

We started going faster and faster down the canal still unable to see directly in front of then suddenly we were in the air! Wow! Now, another problem presented itself as we were closing in on the East Larose Bridge!! The bridge was a high rise kind with the center being a couple hundred feet above the canal and the pilot was doing everything he could to gain altitude. 

Then he looked at me and said, “We’re not going to make it over the bridge!” and with that he leveled out and we went under the bridge! It’s one thing when you’re in a boat on the water and you look up at the underside of the bridge, it’s a whole ‘nuther thing when it seems you’re so close you could reach up and touch it! 

We zoomed under the bridge and then headed toward Venice. We were about 500 feet in the air and the view was tremendous. It was a beautiful day and we could see for miles and miles around us as we passed over the bayous. Here and there we could see shrimp boats, fishing boats and barges being pushed by luggers.  

Eventually we closed in our docks and with very little jostling we landed on the water and came to a stop at the platform. It was a great trip in spite of not being able to see ahead of ourselves and what dangers may have lurked there. 

How often we, Christians, talk about trusting God, yet when the way seems unclear or dark, we don’t know what to do! We will talk with other Christians and ask their opinion we may even call Pastor and ask him what he thinks we should do. 

God has already told us what to do! Stop! Don’t try to figure it out for yourself! Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Every thing that is within you should be set to trust Him. Ready for this? God really knows what He is doing! 

“Are you sure, Mario?” 

Yes! God knows what He is doing and He understands how we feel when the way isn’t clear. We are going faster and faster down the canal and we can’t see what is ahead – but God is already there! 

Don’t use your human understanding! Human understanding is looking at 5 fish and two small loaves of bread and wondering how could Jesus say, “Pass it out to the people.” 

Human understanding looks at Lazarus’ grave and the rock in front of it and thinking, “Well, I guess that’s the end of his story.” And then, after the rock is rolled away, the voice of Jesus cuts through every thought as He says, “Lazarus! Come forth!” And Lazarus did! 

In all that you do, acknowledge God! Not just kneeling in the endzone after your touchdown and pointing toward heaven! All the time! When you have a close call driving, acknowledge the hand of God protecting you! 

“Thank you, Lord, for everything I have has come from You! My family, my home, the food that I eat, everything!” 

Now watch! If we trust in Him, and trust in Him with all our heart, and we don’t lean on human knowledge, understanding, or wisdom, and we acknowledge Him in ALL things – here comes the promise!! 

He will direct, orchestrate, show us, what comes next! Just like when the pilot leveled off the plane when we got off the water, I could see what was in front of us! My anxiety went away because now I could see where we were going! 

So, it is with you, my friend! Trust, don’t lean on human understanding, and acknowledge God Almighty, He will clear away the fog, the cobwebs, the darkness and He will direct you! 


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