Life at 2,500 feet above the ground | Worship

By Pastor Jeff Dutra, Mukilteo Foursquare Church | Aug 13, 2014

Last week was my birthday, and I had an unexpected surprise. A friend of mine sent me a text message, inviting me to go up with him in his airplane that he had recently purchased.

Now, I’ve been up in a lot planes before. I’ve flown in Boeing 777s, 747s, 757s, 767s, 737s, and as much as the former Boeing employee within me hates to admit it, I’ve even flown in an Airbus plane.

You know what they say, “If it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going.” Well, there was one time when the airfare was cheaper, so even though it wasn’t Boeing, I went.

Let me just say, it confirmed to me that Boeing really does make the best planes in the world!

My friend’s plane, however, was different than any of those big commercial planes I had previously flown in, where you can just kick back in comfort, have food and drinks served to you, watch a movie, read a book, or wrap yourself in a warm blanket and take nap if you want to.

His plane was a small, homebuilt, experimental, sport type of plane. That’s right – I said “experimental.”

It had two seats, one in the front for the pilot and one in the back for the passenger, a cramped seating area and small, glass canopy. You are strapped in, but somehow I found very little comfort in that!

We were going to be flying at 2,500 feet above the comfort zone of the ground at about 250 mph! While part of me thought, “Man, this sounds exciting!” another part of me wondered if going up in this plane would be the wisest decision I’ve ever made.

But the adventurous side of me overrode the cautious side, and I decided to do it.

As we were preparing to take off, I thought to myself, “This might be a good time to pray!” So, I prayed, “Lord Jesus, I place this plane in your hands, I place my life in your hands,” and then the most important part, “If there is any sin in my life that I haven’t dealt with, please forgive me!”

When you’re getting ready to go up to 2,500 feet with nothing between you and the ground except a thin piece of sheet metal that may or may not have been riveted properly, you want to make sure you’re good with God. LOL!

Well, to make a long story short, we flew around for a while, and after my friend did a few moves to test how much excitement I could take, which caused my stomach to immediately go up into my throat and my face to peel back as we hit 3Gs, we ended up having an awesome time, and we landed safely!

This story serves as a metaphor for our lives. Metaphorically speaking, we’re all living life at 2,500 feet with nothing between us and the ground below us except the hand of God that carries us.

Life is full of uncertainty, insecurity and things that threaten our well-being, but there is a God who loves us and takes care of us, and just as I prayed, “Jesus, I place this plane and my life in your hands,” the Bible encourages us to entrust our lives to Him.

David wrote in Psalm 25:1-2, “Lord, I put my life in your hands. I trust in you, my God, and I will not be disappointed.”

Placing out lives in God’s hands is something we should do daily, not just one time in our lives.

I don’t know if you have ever done that, but I know that if you do, you won’t be disappointed, and you can have peace in your heart, knowing that you are safe and secure in His hands.

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