Thursday, August 18, 2005

I have a friend....

While waiting recently for my flight from Atlanta to Hartford to board, I was pleasantly surprised to see a friend from church enter the waiting area. Realizing we were both headed to the same destination, we enjoyed a few moments of conversation in the waiting lounge until we boarded, taking our seats on opposite ends of the plane.

The flight was relatively uneventful and as we began our approach well after dark, I was amused by the conversation of several boisterous people who were returning from a Caribbean cruise.

"There's the airport."
"Where's the pilot going?"
"We're going in circles."
"We'll be up here all night."
"There's the casino... It's supposed to be on the other side of the plane."
"We're lost."

and so on... You get the idea. We're often surrounded by "armchair experts" who would want us to believe they know the game plan. There's an entire Old Testament book describing the story of a man named Job who had such an experience.

Throughout our approach, I simply settled into my seat and listened to those around me. "What do they know?" I thought to myself.

I knew we had nothing to worry about. For you see, my friend was the pilot. And when you know and have faith in the pilot, you can just relax and enjoy the ride.

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