A Turbulent Ride


The pilot’s voice was calm, even matter-of- fact.

“There will be a bit of turbulence as we land, but not a problem.  Make sure your seatbelts are fastened securely, and we will be landing safely momentarily.”

No sooner had these words been spoken, when the plane suddenly was buffeted by gusts of wind. The plane bounced side to side as the wings tipped up and down.  I had experienced the bumping of a turbulent plane ride in the past, but this was different.  Being jostled from side to side was unsettling.

Truth be told I became more than a bit anxious!  As I double-checked my seat belt and breathed a prayer to the Lord to keep us safe, I then reminded myself of the calmness and sureness of the pilot’s words.  He said, “No problem. We will land safely.” 

Even as the wheels touched the runway, the wind continued to rock the plane. But in that moment, I made a choice.  I chose to trust the words of that pilot who had far more experience with air turbulence than I did.  That trust gave me peace, that trust instilled a confidence that we would arrive safely  at the gate even though in the moment it didn’t feel like it.

Now we don’t have to be in a plane to experience “turbulent winds” that buffet our lives – whether it is health issues, family issues, work issues, people issues – they can rock our lives.   They can fill us with fear, worry and anxiety, and we wonder if we will “land” safely.  But our Pilot, our God, speaks to us through His Word – the Bible.   And in this incredible book, we discover His true words that calm our fears and still our worries.. 

Perhaps this is why David wrote:

“In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust and am not afraid.”  Psalm 56:10

David praised God for His words of truth because they calmed his heart and soul in the midst of his turbulent days.  God’s Word inspired a divine trust that deflated every fear, that dismissed every worry, because David understood the power of God’s words.  For God Himself declares:

“My word goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  (Isa. 55:11)

Simply put.  We can hold fast to the truths and promises of God’s Word, because of the omnipotent power of the One who has spoken these words.  As the children of God, like David, we can trust His words that promise guidance, comfort, strength, wisdom, and peace.  We can trust God to pilot our lives through turbulent times of sorrow, confusion, frustration and turmoil.  He will land us safely as we trust in Him, as we trust in the power and faithfulness of His Words to us – His Words that indeed will accomplish and achieve His purpose in our lives.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous February 16, 2016 at 3:24 am | | Reply

    Hi Joy, Thank you again for the timing of this word if encouragemejt. I also thought of Paul went the shio he was traveling in & a great Strom came & everyone was frightened. But God spoke to Paul & told him to tell every one not to be afraid but everyone we be saved Acts 27. Yes they had to go through that Strom but just as God spoke they were all saved . So again THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU Susan Delida

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