Remember when we used to fly on airplanes? I loved the ease and efficiency of air travel (at least most of the time!) and hope that one day soon I’ll get to enjoy it again. But for a control-freak like me, it’s a little unsettling to place my life in the hands of someone I’ve never met. I wish I could interview the pilot before each flight: How long have you been doing this? Did you get good sleep last night? Any distracting personal problems you’d like to talk through before we take off?
And yet, the truth is that no matter how sleep-deprived or distracted the pilot may be, I can count on him or her to do a better job flying the plane than I would. I definitely don’t know as much about flying a plane as the one behind the wheel. (Is there a steering wheel?! I don’t even know!)
When the plane starts barreling down the runway and the butterflies start, it helps to remember that there is One who has even more control over that plane than the pilot. Psalm 139 tell us that our heavenly Father has planned every single one of our days:
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16)
There’s no need for us to interview God about His qualifications to hold our days in His hands. He is all-knowing and all-wise, and His understanding is beyond measure. He’s perfectly holy, good, faithful. He has the power to bring about all His plans for us, and nothing can thwart His purposes.
Sometimes life feels out of control, and we don’t know what’s coming next. I feel this acutely as we get ready to turn the calendar page to a new year that’s still filled with uncertainty.
But I know this: Nothing will touch my life that isn’t known and planned by my loving heavenly Father. Psalm 139 also promises His Spirit to be with us, always and everywhere (v. 7). We can have confidence in God’s good plans and His faithful presence through this next year and for eternity.
No matter what you face this week, you can trust the plans and presence of your faithful Father.Share