Throughout my career with the airlines, I had many radio communications with the men and women of the air traffic control service. Each day these passionate professionals control thousands of flights with one goal: keeping two airplanes from being in the same air space at the same time! While the airline crew plans the flight’s route, altitude, and air speed, the air traffic controller accepts the flight plan into the big picture on his or her radar scope, which includes all the other flights operating within that air space. The air traffic controller has the authority to change the plane’s route, altitude, and air speed in order to separate the traffic of the multiple airplanes within that space.
Just as each person is a unique individual, each flight is assigned a four-digit code, which is entered into the on-board electronic equipment and that sends a unique symbol next to that plane on the radar scope. This gives the controller continuous, positive identification of the plane, including its altitude, speed, and destination. The air traffic controller is always watching his or her assigned flight(s).
In a similar way, our wonderful God is always watching over us and is aware of our situation. Even before our birth, God knew all about us:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,
the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:13–16, NKJV).
God also knows the way (or direction) that our lives take:
“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10, NKJV).
“You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:3, NKJV).
Additionally, God guides us today, just as He guided Isaiah in the Old Testament:
“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand
or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21, NKJV).
Therefore, just as we and our entire flight crew trusted the air traffic controllers for a safe and clear air space, so also we as believers can trust a more infinitely wonderful God to watch over us and to guide our lives and our destiny.
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Psalm 48:14, KJV).
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