As someone indwelled by God’s Spirit you can always find the way forward. There is never a time when you will be spiritually blind. Faith has given you the ability to move forward when no natural indicators are present to reveal your next step.
indwelled by God’s Spirit you can always find the way forward. There is never a
time when you will be spiritually blind. Faith has given you the ability to
move forward when no natural indicators are present to reveal your next step.
When I was a
young pastor, I augmented our family income as a flight instructor. Along with
teaching beginner pilots, I was also an instrument instructor. I taught
advanced students how to fly through inclement weather using only instruments,
not sight, for navigation.
On one such
flight, I had my student depart the Newport, Oregon airport for a night flight
to Portland. We had a low ceiling on departure and the same condition was
waiting for us at our destination.
As soon as we
departed we were in the clouds. The city lights below us gave way to nothing
but complete darkness. We were fully enveloped in the clouds. I had instructed
the student to make sure he transitioned to his instruments as soon as he got
airborne so he would be flying by instruments when we entered the clouds. A few
minutes later we broke through the cloud layer and found ourselves on top.
It was a full
moon night almost as bright as the full day. The rays of light coming from the
moon illuminated the clouds below us. We droned along with a huge moon overhead
and a bright pillow of moonlit clouds below. It was a magical flight to
Portland. My student used the same instruments to get on top of the clouds as
he did when we began our descent and entered the clouds once again to finally
land safely at our destination. For the entire flight, he was following an
instrument flight path.
A lot of people
demand to see the way forward before they choose to obey. Life in the Spirit
does not work that way. Some stay grounded refusing to step out into the
unknown and miss places of spiritual beauty that are a lot like flying on top
of billowy clouds on a moonlit night. They also miss the thrill of finally
breaking out of the clouds to see a destination that was hidden by the dense
cloud cover of disbelief.
Everybody, believer, and non-believer alike see the same circumstances of life.
Faith can help you see through the obvious to bring fresh revelation and
direction. The obvious can be just as dense a spiritual cloud cover as a dark
night of the soul. If you have trained yourself to fly by faith at all times,
when you do enter the clouds of uncertainty, you will be able to continue your
journey when others turn around in fear. That is what it means to fly by the
instrument of faith. No destination will ever be out of your reach. And no
cloud cover of uncertainty will ever be an impenetrable barrier to your forward