Saturday, October 12, 2013
Trusting the Unseen One
While I was sitting uncomfortably in that Southwestern jet a few days ago at 42,000 feet in the air, it occurred to me that I had not even seen the pilot. The cockpit door was shut when I entered the plane and so it stayed. So, there I was trusting someone with my life I had never even seen. I knew he, or she, had to be there. The plane did take off. It was taking me from one place to another. From time to time the plane would slightly bank to one side as it made a turn. Someone in the cockpit had to be the one responsible. And then, to provide some reassurance that someone really was there, a voice came over the speaker telling us to buckle our seat belts, to warn us of some impending turbulence, and to announce our descent and arrival in 22 minutes. Still, I never saw the pilot. But, as I sat there lightly in my seat, doing my part to keep it in the air, I decided it was a matter of trusting this pilot I had not seen to get me there.
As all this stuff was flying through my mind, I thought about the One who I really trusted to get me where I was going. Already I had seen evidence that others around me trusted Him as well. A seat mate across the aisle sat with hands folded in front of her face as the plane was leaving the ground. And, another young woman crossed herself as the plane dropped sharply in the turbulent air. They, too, were expressing trust in the One in whom I was trusting. The Holy One I trust is not one I have ever seen. I am convinced He is there because I have seen too many evidences of His activity in directing the course of my life. My eyes may not have seen Him, but my ears have heard His voice. And, like John Bunyan told us in "Pilgrim"s Progress," He is taking us from where we were without Him on a journey that continues to bring us closer and closer to our eternal home.
It makes no sense to figure that someone other than the pilot was in charge of that airplane. Seeing him was not necessary for me trust him with my life. It is no different with the heavenly Father. These mortal eyes have not seen His presence, only signs and evidences of it, but nothing makes more sense than to trust Him to keep me safe as the journey continues toward its destination.