Taking Us Home

  I read this article on the computer and printed it off.  I do not know who sent it to me or when but I found it to be very meaningful.   I share it with you.

  “A minister was returning by plane from a church conference.  The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on:  “Fasten Your Seat Belts.”   As the minister looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.  Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us.”
And then the storm broke…The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines.  Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean.  One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

  The minister confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, “As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.  Then, I suddenly saw a little girl, apparently the storm meant nothing to her.  She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly.  Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world.  When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.”  The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

  It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, the minister lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.  Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.  The child replied, “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot and he’s taking me home.” 

  There are many kinds of storms that beat against us.  Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into apparently uncontrollable movement.  We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky. 

  Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot.  He is in control and taking us home. Don’t worry.”

  Some of my favorite scripture is John 14:1-3  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am going.”

6 Responses to “Taking Us Home”

  1. Max , This is such a beautiful story ! Oh that we all could have such faith in our Heavenly Father that we would never be afraid or worry !
    Thank you for your faithfulness in sending out your weekly devotionals .

  2. What a comfort this message brings. I was feeling down remembering July 13th was the anniversary of my Dad’s death. You used this scripture for Grover’s memorial service.

    Thanks for sharing this story at this appropriate time.

  3. I so enjoyed reading the story in Taking us home, I had read it before and it gives me chills every time. Thank You God for always being there for us and keeping us safe. God bless you both

  4. What a wonderful story. If we all could be more like that little girl this world would be a better place. Thanks for all your good devotionals.

  5. Thank you Max, for the wonderful lesson on trust, and not to worry, I needed that! I appreciated the story on “Taking Us Home”, as well as all your devotions.

  6. Thank you Max, for the wonderful truths on trust and worry and reminding us not be afraid. I appreciate all your devotions. You are so good.

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