Every time I fly in a plane, I get a bit of a knot in my stomach. It's not that I'm afraid or even worried, it is just that I wonder if this will be my last flight. Every time the plane approaches the runway for a landing I recognize my utter helplessness; every breath I take is caused and sustained by the Sovereign King of Creation. I cannot cause my heart to beat or my brain to work or my eyes to see. I am completely dependent upon God for my every experience.
So, I close my eyes, and the Holy Spirit calls to my mind spectacular passages of Scripture like this one:
"29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. . . . 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." -- Matthew 10:29, 31
I know the context of this passage refers to times of persecution, but it still applies to my situation. Because God is Sovereign, or he is not. It is simple. And we can trust him even when landings are tragic, or almost tragic:
"Thank you, Jesus, for speaking words of comfort and peace, and for preserving them for your servants so long ago!"
~ Todd ~
P.S. - Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love to fly; I was just reminded of the butterflies this past weekend.