The other day I drove past the Ocean Isle Beach airport. It is an airport for small, mostly single engine, planes. As I drove past I started thinking about the times that my husband and I would spend time flying in small planes. Ray had a private pilots license and we were members of a flying club so that we could use planes they owned.
When we would go on flights and approach mountains there would be an optical illusion of being too low to clear the mountain. As I was looking out and we were approaching, I would get tense because it looked like we were going to go into the side of the mountain.
My sweet husband would say, “Trust your instruments”.
He would tell me how high the mountain was and he would have me check the altimeter only to see that we were hundreds of feet above the mountain.
No worry; trust your instruments.
As I continued this thought I realized that as a Christian, I also had to trust my instruments. God has given us aids to keep our faith at an intense level. These instruments are to be used to keep us intimate with Him. If we use our instruments, we will be in His presence.
The first instrument is the Bible. Reading it daily and using the words to fortify us each day is very important. It is not a book to sit on the shelf or just carry to church. Sometimes it can be hard to understand. Although parts of it reads like a novel, some is more difficult. A good study Bible can give us clues to the meaning of passages and help us. We must use it as an instrument to guide us.
The second is our prayer life. I am not very formal with my prayers. I tend to talk to God all during the day as I would a good friend. I thank Him when I am late for an appointment and I make all of the stoplights. I see a pretty bush and I thank Him for our beautiful world. I pray for my sick friends as I am driving the car. Prayer is a wonderful instrument that allows me to communicate with God.
A third instrument is the involvement at church. People say, “I don’t have to go to church. I can worship God while fishing on the lake”. Of course you can. I don’t disagree with that. But my granddaughters favorite Bible verse gives me a clue about this instrument. Proverbs 27:17. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. The relationship of Christian to Christian calls us to grow and be sharper with our God.
One word on Sunday can challenge my thinking about my life. One thought from another person can make me consider things in a different way. The support I get from my fellow Christians cannot be gotten from a solitude activity.
God took my husband away but He gives me daily assurance as I reflect on the life I had with my husband. He sends me messages that reminds me of great memories and links me to His love.
Just like the altimeter in the small airplane, I must use the tools that God has given me to keep my focus and be sure that I am safe in His arms. I must use the tools to feel His presence and know that I am close to Him each day.
I must TRUST MY INSTRUMENTS.