A Jet Pilot’s Compass

October 1, 2012

“… God called to the man, “Where are you?”  (Genesis 3:9)

When we know we could get lost we make sure we have a compass with us.  Jet pilots fly so far so fast they must have a compass to use immediately when they think they are lost.  A squadron commander I knew taught his pilots to use this five-fingered compass: “CONFESS, CLIMB, CONSERVE, COMMUNICATE and COMPLY.”

They were to immediately CONFESS when they thought they might be lost.  Then they were to CLIMB because communications are better and they burn less fuel with altitude.  Next they were to pull back on the throttle to CONSERVE fuel.  The final two points on their compass were critical:  to COMMUNICATE with their carrier and then COMPLY with that communication.  He promised that if they faithfully implemented the five points on this compass they would see the red light on their carrier called the “meat ball” that guided them to a safe landing.

If we realize we have lost our direction in life we must confess that we are lost.  Then we should climb, or do whatever we can do to get close to God.  This could be having a private spiritual retreat or seeking out spiritual people.  We should not make big decisions but conserve when we have lost our way.  The last two points on our personal compass are also critical: we must communicate with God and comply with what we believe He makes us know we are to do (John2:5).

If we will faithfully implement the five points on this compass we will see the “meatball” of His will that will guide us to green pastures in this life and to a safe landing in the house of the Lord forever.

A Dialogue with God

July 1, 2012

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?… And He said, ‘Who told you?’”  (Genesis 3: 9, 11)

A police officer on a motorcycle noticed a large enclosed truck driven down Sixth Street, in Los Angeles, California.  The driver stopped every few blocks, got out of the truck, and beat around the sides of the truck with a large baseball bat. After observing this for some time, the officer turned on his siren, flashed his lights and with strong hand signals ordered the driver to pull over.  The policeman asked the driver, “Mister, as far as I can tell, you’re not breaking the law.  But I just gotta know, what are you doing?”

The truck driver explained, “Officer, this truck here has a capacity of five thousand pounds.  But, you see, I got six thousand pounds of canaries in this truck.  So, I gotta keep a thousand pounds of canaries up in the air all the time!”

When you begin reading the Bible it may surprise you to discover that the first four things God says to us are questions.  Why would the creator God ask questions of the man He has created?  I’m convinced God does this because He knows His creature is up in the air about life.  God loves us too much to leave us without a definition of life and some direction.  He wants to dialogue with us so He can bring what he calls salvation into our life.

Are you up in the air about your life?  Because He loves you God would like to greet you with that question “Where are you?” and follow it with the question “Who told you?” when you respond to Him.