IT WAS PITCH BLACK except for the light illuminating the plane engine outside the passenger window. “Flight attendants take your seats, NOW!” boomed the speaker above my head. Flight attendants scurried to finish their tasks and take their seats. A few seconds later, the plane began to dip and bob as it started to descend through massive clouds on its way to the landing strip.
I gazed out the window at the illuminated engine and wing. Condensation from the cloud wrapped around it as if snuggled in a cozy blanket. I could see nothing else.
In that moment, my thoughts wandered to the pilot and his ability to see us safely to the airport below. I reflected how every day, millions of people board planes and don’t think twice about pilots getting them to their destination. Travelers trust that when they step on the plane, they will be delivered safely.
We also do that with restaurants, don’t we? We do not think about the sanitary conditions of the kitchens, the quality and freshness of the food, or the ability of the cook to prepare it correctly so that we don’t get sick. We eat out, spend lots of money, and never think twice.
Whether we realize it or not, we are a society of trusting people. We seem to be able to put our trust in people that we don’t know. We place our lives in the hands of people we haven’t met and never will. We depend on these ‘unknowns’ to provide something in our lives that is of value.
Why is that? Why is it that we can trust humans who are fallible, yet have such a hard time trusting in God who is not? Why can’t we place our lives in His almighty hands and let Him guide us? What is so difficult about trusting in the Creator of the Universe?
God encourages us time and time again throughout the Bible to put our trust in Him. We see proof of His goodness recorded in its pages. We know people who have had amazing things happen in their lives that can only be attributed to God. Trusting God should not be as hard as we tend to make it.
So the next time you step on a bus, get in the car with a friend, or take a plane on vacation, think about the trust you are putting in the driver. Then, ask yourself the question, “Who is driving my life?” If it is not God, then consider stepping aside and allow Him to take the steering wheel from your hand. Let Him guide your ways. You can’t go wrong. He already knows where your journey will end. Trust Him to see you safely to your final destination.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8, NKJV)