I love traveling. I love flying.
Flying gives me the feeling of “God is so great, I am amazed by HIS creation.” I enjoy so much watching the clouds below the airplane, the cities looking like a scale model and the sky above like an infinite background. So I really enjoy it! But that’s not what was happening on this last flight. I was coming back to Brazil after a long, long journey (2 connections of 12 and 14 hours waiting) and I was anxious to arrive home! I deeply wanted to get in that aircraft and sleep hours and hours and just wake up over my hometown…but this time, as I said, it was not a peaceful flight, proper to good sleep. Here is what happened:
After some time we had taken off the captain of the flight announces an area of instability, we should fasten our seat belts again! We started to shake. Well, one thing is to shake when you are in a terrible road with your car, another is to shake in a plane, miles and miles above any piece of stable land.
I started to get afflicted because what was just a small area of instability actually became a huge area of instability for hours during the whole flight. Non stop shaking, ups and downs with the plane… everybody was silent and tense. I was trying to do not panic.
I always pray before I enter into an aircraft and I ask God for protection and guidance, and this time it had not been different, but for some reason I was not feeling protected (rsrs) … So I stared to pray again, I confess, out of a place of fear and anxiety . Asking God to stop that storm around us. I commanded the winds to stop… but it seemed that they were not obeying me… Then I hear His voice inside me “Do you trust me?” and deep inside I knew God was showing me how little or small or weak was my trust. But He continued “Do you trust I am piloting this plane?”, well, I really had to picture God sitting on the pilot’s seat guiding the aircraft because I couldn’t, in my limitation see that God could really be there, on that seat, having control over everything! So He continued, “If you trust me, if you trust I am piloting this plane you know I will take you back home safely. I know the way, and I indeed know how to pilot this thing but… BUT… it doesn’t mean that on the way there will be no storms. Sometimes, things are not going to be peaceful outside but you can be sure that you will arrive safely where I promised that you would because of who I am.”
My heart was challenged! It was not the kind of thing that I wanted to hear from God in that moment. I wanted Him to just calm the storm outside and then I would have back the “peace” inside. I needed more than this. I needed to grow in trust! Peace you can only have deep inside if you trust! Outward circumstances are unstable, they change, they can be shaken… and peace cannot depend on it. Peace needs to be on a safe and firm place. And trust in God is the only solid ground!
I perceived that He was trying to teach me during that flight. No, the flight didn’t get stable or peaceful, till I landed we faced instability! But my heart positioned in a different way and I can tell you, I SLEPT!
To trust is to rest in the middle of the storm because you first know who is leading you through the storm. Life will be full of small or big storms, full of challenges… in all areas we will face hard seasons. And often times we will face it not really knowing how we are going to come out of it. But we can always find rest and peace through the way, we can find rest and peace because we know who is leading, and He is trustable!
There will be times when Jesus will come and instantly calm the storm, but there will be times when He will just ask us to lay down and sleep. This is also TRUST.
“But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Mark 4:37-38