Flight Fright

30 Sep

A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to take pictures of a great forest fire. He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire. The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, “Let’s go!” …

CesnaThe tense man sitting in the pilot’s seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically.

“Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, “and make several low-level passes.”

“Why?” asked the nervous pilot.

“Because I’m going to take pictures!” yelled the photographer. “I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures.”

The pilot replied, “You mean … you’re not the flight instructor?”

Talk about shattered expectations!

Some shattered expectations aren’t quite so deadly, but they sure can do a number on our schedules and/or attitudes, can’t they? I’ve (Dawn) learned (the hard way) that my “expectation” (where I place my hope) must be solely in God who will never fail me (Psalm 62:5).

God won’t disappoint His children (Romans 5:5) ~ though our expectations of who He is, what He should do, and when He should show up may disappoint us. Just as the photographer needed to know the true nature of his pilot, in our “flight” of life, we need to be sure our image of God aligns with the description of His character and will in the scriptures. Otherwise, we may be headed for serious frustration!

God is not an insurance policy, or a Superman awaiting our beck and call, or a  heavenly vending machine. He’s not a Divine Deal-maker either. He is the great majestic, Sovereign God, who does as He pleases (Psalm 115:3), but always with eternal love and purpose. His ways are seldom like our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), but we can trust His love and goodness. He is a trustworthy God. We can pray and safely place our greatest hopes ~ our expectation ~ in Him.

Where do you place your hopes? Are your expectations in God? If so, have you ever blamed Him for not coming through for you? What is your perspective of your Father God?
“You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”

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