Bump, Bump, BUMP! “Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride, there’s turbulence ahead.” As soon as I heard the pilot speak these words, I began to feel the anxiety. My heart was beating fast and my breathing became shallow. I’ve literally flown around the world but in recent years the slightest bump on an aircraft incites angst.
As the plane began to shake, I gripped the armrest tighter knowing there was nothing that I could physically do. I was stuck in a situation where I literally could not move. I had to endure the turbulence because there was no way out. My only option was to pray and trust the pilot.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (I Peter 5:10 NIV)
Just like that airplane, I am sure we have all experienced turbulent times in life. There are times when we have to cling to our faith and get a grip because of the bumps on this road of life. Some experiences may be milder than others; however, there are times when we go through things that make us utterly dependent on God, our pilot, to deliver us. I’m quite sure, if you think hard enough, you can recall a situation that you thought would take you out. Yet,God said, “not yet.” I don’t care how big your Bible is, how many times a week you go to church or if you fall out, slobber and hit the floor, every now and then life will JOLT you. The real power lies in how you respond to the turbulence.
After coming to terms with the fact that I was not in control, I realized trusting the pilot wasn’t a bad idea. With each shake, God revealed why I should trust Him to get me through the turbulence:
- The pilot knew the terrain because navigating the air was His territory. The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. (Psalms 24:1 KJV)
- The pilot had the benefit of knowing what lie ahead. All of the information at his disposal informed Him of when the turbulence would begin and when it would end. He could see what I couldn’t. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure … yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:10-11 KJV)
- The pilot was experienced with bringing people through turbulent experiences to safe landings. He after all was a pilot. “Be still, and know that I am God:” (Psalms 46:10 KJV)
The beauty is that turbulence, even if it lasts an entire flight, does not last forever. After the plane lands, it’s over. Of course, when I was in the midst of it, it was difficult to see past the current moment. The anxiety didn’t change a thing so releasing it was the best thing. I leaned on what I knew and I encourage you to do the same. Trust the pilot and pray.
Lord, I acknowledge that there will be some tough times as I travel on this road of life. There will be times when nothing of my own will work to change a situation. God I am leaning and trusting You because You are the pilot on my flight. You know the end of a thing before the beginning. I know that just as You have carried others, You will carry me. I release all anxiety, all fear and unnecessary stress. God I ask that You help mine unbelief in the midst of stormy weather. Lord, I trust You to get me through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today, I EMPOWER you to let it go! Release all anxiety, all fear, whatever has you bound. Trust that God will carry you in the midst of the turbulence that’s rocking you. Don’t let what’s happening in this moment discourage you about your future. Know that these trials are only for an appointed time. Let go of the armrest, take a deep breath, pray and trust God for a safe landing.
How do you remain faithful in the midst of turbulent times?
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.