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Monday, April 9, 2012

Landing the Plane

Last week in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, a heroine of all heroines rose to the occasion. 80 year old Helen Collins was enjoying an afternoon “stroll” from the air in a family plane, when her husband, the pilot, became unconscious and later died. At that moment, she was faced with a decision—live or die.

Helen had flown the plane a few times, but she didn’t know how to land. She called into the traffic controllers from the air and informed them of the situation. They contacted a family friend, who jumped into another plane the Collins owned and flew up to meet her in the air. He believed that it would be easier to talk her down from the air than the ground, as he flew next to her at the same speed.

But, Helen still had to land. He couldn’t ditch his plane, climb into her cockpit, and land the plane for her; she had to listen and obey. In fact, he told the reporters after the incident was over, “We were all watching and we knew she had to do it.” Thankfully, Helen listened and she was able to land. The landing was rough and the plane skidded about 1,000 feet before coming to a rest, but Helen survived.

As Christians, when we face danger in the “cockpit” of our lives, it’s wise to call on God for help. He will fly alongside us and give us instructions to navigate through the obstacles. But just like Helen Collins, we must “land our own plane”. God can only protect us if we listen and obey His commands.

“O Lord, open our ears, that we might hear.”