After a ten year detour, I’m once again studying to take my private pilot’s test. It’s something that’s been in my heart since I was a young child and I’m thankful to pursue this dream.
When taking off, the pilot must have a pitch that is a nose up attitude. To make an aircraft climb and gain altitude, the pilot will raise the nose higher than it is in the cruise attitude. For many light aircraft, this will correspond to a sight picture where the aircraft nose appears to be on or just slightly above the horizon. Pilot’s Manual; Ground School (2016) p. 63
This got me thinking about my own attitude, especially when faced with trials. When my attitude and eyes are focused on Jesus Christ, I’m able to rise above my circumstances. Emotionally and mentally, I experience deep peace and joy; knowing without a doubt, God’s Love will carry me through. Not just nine times out of ten, but ten times out of ten. Every. Single. Time.
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary-we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 MSG
Father God, Help me to remember that my attitude and focus need to be on the horizon, looking to You for everything I need. You give and do abundantly more than we can ask, hope for or imagine according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20) ...tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 NKJV (para) Amen