Safety Instructions

At the start of each flight the hosts go through all the safety instructions

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Reference: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I have flown quite a bit over the last couple of years for both domestic and international flights. While it’s not my favourite mode of transport, it is the quickest when travelling long distances.

At the start of each flight the hosts go through all the safety instructions in case there are any issues during the journey. As I fly all the time I do tend to drift off during this time, as do many others who fly regularly.

I don’t even look at the safety sheet they have in each seat and I just prioritise settling in for the ride.

That was until I was aboard a small domestic plane in the back of Papua New Guinea. There were only a dozen or so passengers and the plane was so small you felt every air pocket we flew near.

I listened carefully to where the life vests were, where the oxygen would come from and where the exits were located. And I read through the safety sheet… twice!

Thankfully, the flight was a success and I got to my destination without needing to utilise any of the safety advice.

Application: It’s amazing how much we cling to certain things when we are feeling out of our depth. When I’m feeling safe I don’t feel I need the airline safety instructions, but when danger lurks we cling to anything that may support us.

This is often the case in our faith too. When everything is smooth sailing we give lip service to God. But when things go wrong we hang tightly onto our all-powerful Creator.

That’s when we are truly grateful for what God has done for us and we look to Him for strength and comfort.

While God graciously gives us love and peace when we need it most, He actually gives it to us at all times. He’s always there for us and we don’t have to wait until things go wrong until we connect to Him.

Prayer: Lord, You are gracious and kind and always there for us. May we not wait until things go wrong, but revel in Your presence at all times. Amen.

What situation has made you cling to God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.