Putting total trust in the cockpit instruments was a new experience to him, for the ink was still wet on the certificate verifying that he was qualified for instrument flying.
The landing worried him the most. His destination was a crowded metropolitan airport he wasn’t familiar with.
In a few minutes he would be in radio contact with the tower. Until then, he was alone with his thoughts.
His instructor had practically forced him to memorize the rulebook. He didn’t care for it at the time, but now he was thankful.
Finally he heard the voice of the air traffic controller. “I’m going to put you on a holding pattern,” the controller radioed. Great! thought the pilot.
However, he knew that his safe landing was in the hands of this person. He had to draw upon his previous instructions and training, and trust the voice of an air traffic controller he couldn’t see.
Aware that this was no time for pride, he informed the controller, “This is not a seasoned pro up here. I would appreciate any help you could give me.”
“You’ve got it!” he heard back.
For the next 45 minutes, the controller gently guided the pilot through the blinding fog.
As course and altitude corrections came periodically, the young pilot realized the controller was guiding him around obstacles and away from potential collisions.
With the words of the rulebook firmly placed in his mind, and with the gentle voice of the controller, he landed safely at last.
The Holy Spirit guides us through the maze of life much like that air traffic controller.
The controller assumed that the young pilot understood the instructions of the flight manual. His guidance was based on that.
Such is the case with the Holy Spirit: He can guide us if we have knowledge of God’s Word and His will established in our minds.
So don’t ignore the power of scripture memorization.
This discipline alone can lead you to greater heights of your faith in God. And there’s no better time to begin memorizing Bible verses but today