Part of the new series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!
I could hear the whine of the F-15 fighter jets as they passed over the airport runway a couple of miles away. It grew quiet but then in the distance growing louder. They had turned off the end of the runway and headed for our home where they bank overhead turning onto their base leg.
Suddenly, I saw one burst into sight above our eucalyptus trees which line our backyard. Graceful war birds returning from a daily training sortie. The pilot banked nearly a ninety degrees directly overhead applying throttle. The engines roared then chirped as he let off feathering it into position to line up for landing.
Immediately another followed his pattern.
And I breathed a sigh and said, “Thank you Lord for bringing my son home safe again.”
Not his mom’s favorite of chosen careers. But the one he dreamed about from the time he was young and worked hard to achieve.
Yet, one that has close calls routinely. Some he tells me about. He rarely tells his mother. And I know he hasn’t told me others that were even closer.
Occasionally friends ask, “How do you deal with having a son who’s a fighter pilot? Don’t you worry?”
And I reply honestly, “Every time I know he’s going out I pray that he will return home safely. And frankly most of the time I just don’t think about it too much.”
Really what else can I do? This is what he does. And it’s dangerous. And I read about the pilots who crash. And then I pray and trust because that’s all there is.
Isn’t that honestly though all we can ever do?
Life is dangerous every day when we drive on the highway or send our kids off to school.
It’s why I love this promise,” If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91: 9-10 NIV)
I find reassuring that in this dangerous world God who is all powerful is watching over me and the ones I love.
And that is …
When have you seen God’s power protect you?
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