Green Aeroplane

Which wing is most important?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Enjoying the Flight

Now safely in the air, our Captain has us flying straight and level and we are enjoying His company and looking out at the view unflolding below. Surely nothing could be as good as this.

We glance down at our Flight Manual, check the instrument panel and look over at our Captain. He is looking at us expectantly.

'What?.' we say, 'Am I doing something wrong? Is there something I should be doing?'

'No,' he says reassuringly. 'Everything is under control. I just wondered if you wanted to chat while we fly along. I thought you might like to know more about your new life with me.'

Yes, please,' we say.

He makes a small adjustment to the trim of our plane.

'Turn to page 1060 in the Manual and read me Hebrews Chapter 10 verses 24 and 25. Tell me what it says.'

We find the place in our easy-to-read-Bible and read the verses intently. Our Captain watches us.

'I think it means I should spur on, encourage and meet with other members of the Christian family,' we say. 'At least that is what the verses say,' we add, looking at the Author of the book.

'That's right,' He says encouragingly. 'It is called fellowship. Talking to other Christians, going to a Christian church, singing and talking, and listening to other Christians telling you about this book and what they know about me. That is fellowship. You can meet more of my friends in a small group who are studying the Manual (the Bible)and praying together.

He leans over and taps the Bible. 'The words in here tell about me, my Father and the Holy Spirit. Also our will for the world and its people, and God's dealings with men since He created them. It is really sixty-six books in one, and it takes time to read them all. It needs help from older Christians, teachers and my Holy Spirit (John 14:26) to understand them. 'Come with Me to where other children in my family are and we will all have fellowship together.'

We nod eagerely. Fellowship sounds great.

Our Captain continues:
'Another verse for you to look up is on page 847, Malachi, Chapter 3 verse 16. Every time you talk about Me with other Christians I not only listen, I write it all down to remember.'

We read the verse, and as we look at Him this time He seems to change before our eyes. His face glows and His expression is kingly; stern, majestic, yet merciful and just, not someone to take lightly. We seem to see Him standing in a royal court surrounded by thousands of angels, white light streaming from Him. His presence is overwhelming.(Rev 1:12-18) Someone worth talking about with respect and humility. We are overcome and fall at His feet. How can He be my friend and Saviour? The scene fades and we are back in the cockpit with our Captain

'Wow!' we think. I'd better be careful what I say about my Captain!'

He smiles. He knows our thoughts and says to us.

'If you were the only person in the world I would still have died to save you. You are my child now. Just talk with others about me. It will encourage you. While you think about that I will just fly us over this mountain and then I will take you to meet more of My family. When you have settled in with them I will tell you some more about your new life with me.'

We smile. This is getting better all the time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Talking to our Captain

We have begun to master our flight manual, the Bible, and we are back in the cockpit of our green aeroplane with our Captain. While we have been reading and studying His book He has been checking the controls and the fuel, setting the GPS, and checking other instruments that will maintain us in flight. We need power, fuel, and daily maintainence to keep us in the air. But our Captain does it all. When we ride with Him He supplies everything we need. Our part is to stay close to Him, keep our nose in His book, the flight manual, and talk to Him about everything and do what He says.

We have just read that He says, "Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you" (Mathew 7:7).

He looks at us with a smile and say, "Is there anything you want to ask me before we take off?"

Nervously we look up from the flight manual, there are so many things we don't understsand, but one thing we have learned is just how great He is. Our Captain has so many names that tell us of His power and majesty that we don't know how to speak to Him. How do you talk to someone so great?

"Lord, I don't know what to ask or how to speak to you," we squeeze out, looking down at he pages of the manual for inspiration.

Again He smiles kindly and says, "Just call me Father. Now that you are a child in my family you have a new and loving heavenly Father and you can speak to me at any time and in any place about anything great or small. In the pages of the manual you will see where I have written a model prayer for you to use (Mathew 6:9-10). It will help you learn aspects of talking to me that will give confidence and answers to your needs and the needs of others. As you grow up spiritually in my family you will be able to have deeper discussions with me. But in the meantime use prayers & Psalms already written down in the Bible. I love to hear them. They contain what I want to do on the earth and how I want to help, change and comfort my children."

We decide to try it. We search for Mathew 6:9-13, and find it. It is the first book in the New Testament of the Bible. We read it out to our Captain who listens intently as the engine of the plane warms up.

We read out timidly, 'Our Father in heaven hallowed (holy) be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts (sins) as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who sin against us). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

We look up hopefully and see a look of approval on our Captain's face, "I shall work on those requests immediately ," He says. "Any time you pray my will you can be sure the answer is on the way."

We beam and then we look anxiously out the window at our prayer wing. It now looks robust and capable of flight. We check the word wing; it too is strong and stable.

"Yes!" says our Captain. "It's time to fly. You keep the wings strong and I will do the rest. We will talk more as we fly."

Our green aeroplane taxis out onto the runway, lines up and surges forward as our Captain releases the brakes and pulls the throttle out. As our plane lifts into the air we feel a surge of excitement and joy. We are flying with our heavenly Father and there is more to come.

Quotes from the New International version of the Bible Zondervan 2002