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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 16, 2014 - 178 Seconds to Live

By Doug Clay

I ran across an article entitled, "178 Seconds to Live," about the results of some pilots training in a flight simulator.

Each pilot was a skilled aviator, but had not taken instrument training. As long as the weather was good, they were experts and had no problem operating their planes. But when they were placed in the flight simulator and asked to keep their planes under control as they flew through simulated clouds and bad weather, their good performances tanked.

All of them lost control of their planes and crashed in an average time of just 178 seconds! They could fly well in good weather, but they couldn't survive three minutes in bad weather.

There are people, like these pilots, who are skilled in living when the "weather" is good, but when conditions worsen they are ill-equipped to navigate and they eventually crash.

There is no such thing as a problem-free life.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit" (2 Corinthians 4:8, The Living Bible).

If you are trying to "fly" through or just survive a current storm, you need to:

1. Relax and keep in mind that God is good: "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Psalm 27:13,14, NKJV).

2. Slow down and keep in mind that God is strong: "But I pray to you, Lord. So when the time is right, answer me and help me with your wonderful love. Don't let me sink in the mud, but save me from my enemies and from the deep water. Don't let me be swept away by a flood or drowned in the ocean or swallowed by death" (Psalm 69:13-15, CEV).

3. Close your eyes and keep in mind that God is near: "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18, NIV).

All of us travel at different altitudes and speeds. All of us will experience some turbulence in this life. So buckle up and consider Paul's flight plan advice: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.




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