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Control Tower

January 9, 2012

This weekend I traveled home from Ridgecrest, North Carolina, where I was helping train church leaders at LifeWay’s VBS Institute and Preview Event. I rode on a 15-minute “puddle jumper” from the small Asheville airport to the very large and very, very busy Charlotte airport. As we were taxiing on the runway to arrive at our gate, I counted 25 planes in motion—either landing, taking off, or taxing on the runway—and that was only what I could see from my tiny rectangle-shaped window.


I thought, How in the world do these planes move so closely to each other without colliding? I knew the answer: control tower. The control tower knows where each and every plane is at all times, and the tower is in constant communication with each one, telling them all when to taxi, takeoff, land, or hold. How amazing! (And how fortunate for all of us travelers!)


But what if one pilot wanted to take control and suddenly decided to “do his own thing”? What if one pilot turned off his communication instruments and—whether intentionally or accidentally—stopped communicating with the tower?




God is our control tower. He knows where each and every person is and the best flight plan for all of our lives. The Bible gives several examples:

  • “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Psalm 18:10 (NIV)
  • “But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat.” Isaiah 25:4 (NLT)
  • “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2 (KJV)

God desires for us to be in constant communication with Him so that we don’t collide when we aren’t supposed to. However, when we stop communicating with our control tower … when we decide to stop following His flight plan … when we decide to “do our own thing” … our lives can end in catastrophe, too.


Stick with God’s flight plan. Listen to the Control Tower.
You’ll enjoy a smoother ride!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nikki permalink
    January 9, 2012 2:49 pm

    Great reminder of God’s design for us.

  2. January 10, 2012 9:41 pm

    You are a busy woman indeed. Bless you for being out there serving, writing, raising kiddos and doing everything that you do.

    You’re right, God is our control tower. It’s too easy to forget that when we”re running in 20 different directions.

  3. January 11, 2012 9:33 am

    Thanks, Susan! I love to get out and teach, and being with people on fire for teaching kids and teens about Jesus is really re-energizing! I wish I could do it more often–but my husband probably doesn’t, as he kept down the fort while I was gone! 🙂

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