Friday, January 4, 2008

My Dad Is Taking Me Home...




Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life.


He had been on a long flight from one place to an other. The firstwarning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on fasten your seat belts. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."


As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."


And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed aroundon a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash. The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.


Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothingto her! She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; shewas reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly.


Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid." The minister could hardly believe his eyes.


It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The child replied, "Cause my Daddy's the pilot, and he's taking me home.


"There are many kinds of storms that buffet us. Physical, mental,financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane spinning out of control. We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky. Just remember: Our Father is the Pilot. He is in control and ?"Daddy is taking us home!


"HALLELUJAH ... WHAT A SAVIOR!!!





20 comments:

Tiffany Stuart said...

I thank you so much for your sweet lifegiving comments to me. You are a true friend. Thanks for embracing me.

I will take some time soon to read what you are up to, but right now I am going to watch a movie with my husband. Friday nights are date nights.

e-Mom said...

Oh, what a wonderful, wonderful story. Tearing up. I LOVED this! I'm printing it to save in my files.

Thanks for sharing, Susan. Have a lovely weekend. {{{Hugs}}}

P.S. Thanks for the linky love below. :~D

Lyric said...

Wow. Comforting story. Child-like faith is inspiring...

Thank you.

Tami Boesiger said...

What a beautiful story, one I won't soon forget. Thanks.

As We Sail... said...

This is a great devotional. Thanks.

Barbara said...

hi! Susan. Found you at As we Sail. What a beautiful post and lesson.
I plan to come and read more of your story of twists and turns. Do visit me if you have time. I am posting My Story a chapter at a time and that is certainly full of twists and turns engineered by an ever faithful God.

Mimi said...

Susan,
this was a beautiful post... thank you so much for sharing it...
{{Hugs to you my friend)
Mimi

Faith said...

AWesome story. Brings tears to my eyes!

Lynn said...

Oh Susan,

You just make me want to shout.

Daddy is taking us home!!!!!!!!!

AMEN Awesome post!

NYC said...

Hi Susan,

Thank you for visiting my blog! The Lord has blessed you with such a beautiful family.

I love this post! We are so very blessed that our Father has prepared a place for us that we will one day go to. What a wonderful and joyous day that will be!

godisincontrol said...

Wow this was such a powerful post! Thank you for sharing it, it was just what I needed to hear today!
Blessings

Sarah said...

Hi I came over from e-mom's. This is just beautiful thank you.

eph2810 said...

What an awesome story and so wonderfully written. Yes, our Daddy is taking us home - through the valleys and over the mountain, through the calm waters and the rough sea...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Kristy said...

Beautiful, beautiful story - exactly what I needed to hear today.
Thank you.
Blessings ~

Connie Marie said...

I enjoyed the story, it is a good thing to remember when getting tossed about in life! Thanks.

Jan Parrish said...

What a wonderful analogy! Thanks for sharing.

Donetta said...

:)Beautiful

Tammy said...

I'm visiting from emom...
God really used this to bless me...thank you so much for sharing this!

Living Beyond said...

That is am amazing story I loved it and I'm copying it and I will use it but more importantly I'm going to believe it!! Amen lady Amen!!

Faith @ The Great Adventure said...

Wow, what a beautiful story and image! Thank you.