I recently heard an amazing story about a test fighter jet pilot stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was flying from a military base to a civilian airport, and as he made his descent through the clouds to land, the air traffic controller asked if he could help them with a major problem. The pilot radioed back that he would be glad to help, if he could.
The controller went on to explain that a fatigued, inexperienced and frightened pilot, who was also low on fuel, was flying in a Cessna above the clouds and could not get down. They hoped the fighter pilot could help the frightened pilot land safely. Traffic control gave the fighter pilot the radio frequency of the small aircraft and he began climbing back through the clouds. Soon after, he spotted the Cessna, pulled up alongside, radioed the pilot, and said, “Look over your left wing!”
Imagine the shock of the young pilot when he looked beside him! The fighter pilot gave these instructions: “I’m going to turn on all of my lights, pull in front of you and do a few small maneuvers that I want you to imitate. Stay close. When we get the maneuvers down, I’m going to take you HOME!”
The Holy Spirit is much like that fighter pilot. He was sent by God to a desperate world and has promised to be our comfort, our counselor and our rescuer from difficult circumstances. Go ahead—pull up behind Him. Follow Him … whatever He does, wherever He goes.
He’s leading us HOME!
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13a, NIV
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor