Plane attitude. Do we have one?
The instrument panel of an airplane is comprised of several instruments or gauges. There’s one for…
The one for attitude is one we should hang around our necks. The description of an attitude indicator is interesting.
An Attitude Indicator keeps the pilot keep the plane level and equalized. It…
“provides the flight crew with essential information about aircraft attitude relative to the real horizon when the latter cannot be determined because of poor forward visibility or dark night conditions. As such, the correct interpretation of what the instrument shows at any given time is critical to maintaining control of an aircraft in the absence of a clearly discernible horizon. …
“…training rarely replicates the typical loss of control scenario where an unusual attitude develops slowly and unnoticed and has often become quite extreme by the time it is suddenly recognized and recovery is attempted. This is especially true now that such a large proportion of everyday flying is done with the autopilot engaged rather than the pilot manually manipulating the controls.” *
What is our plane attitude?
How well-balanced are we? Are we level with the horizon between heaven and earth? How does our attitude affect our daily life? Does it affect others?
Do we lose control and tip to one side? Are we crabby, mean, bullying, grouchy, negative, hateful, argumentative, or backbiting?
What happens to our attitude when a misty fog engulfs our thinking and we can’t move forward or don’t know where to turn? What about the darkness of a trial or heartache?
God sees through the misty fog and the dark of night. He has no poor flight visibility. He is aware of all that our vessel is going through.
Sometimes, we develop an unwanted attitude slowly and it goes unnoticed, often becoming quite extreme by the time we recognize it and attempt a recovery. This will happen if we are set on self-pilot or try to manipulate the controls.
It’s easier for God to keep the plane steady when we keep our hands off and keep our attitude level. If we lose sight of the clearly, discernible horizon (as God’s Word) and take over the controls, we often have an accident, sometimes a serious one.
But there is a partial safety net: a simple device called a voice call-out to alert a pilot of an abnormal bank angle or bad turns.
And we have that voice call-out alert as well: the Holy Spirit whispering to us.
Our attitude will change when we say…
God is not my co-pilot; He is my Pilot!
As an airplane pilot is the master controller of an airplane, guiding to the best of his ability, experience, and knowledge, so God is our Master Controller. He has mapped out for us His course of destination and has considered all the weather patterns and dangers we might encounter along the way.
Sometimes, flight patterns have to be adjusted to steer around impending storms and sometimes steer right through them. But keeping a level attitude is essential.
Allowing the Lord to manage the controls of our vessel, we will ride out those bumpy flights, those scary drops in altitude, and those unsettling jostles, for we are wrapped in His cocoon of peace and protection.
A level plane attitude. That’s what we need.
Lord, keep our attitude indicator level and balanced.
Blessings of a level attitude indicator…Lynn