Even in Seeming Chaos, God Is Still in Charge
A Word of Encouragement from Elizabeth Rice Handford

I had just completed my checkride in a little Cessna 150 with the FAA inspector for my private pilot’s license, and we were headed back to the Greenville Downtown  Airport.

I was elated that I’d passed my exam, but still anxious, because GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in the state, and the inspector was still on board who might change his mind if I fouled up this landing!

I radioed the Greenville tower for landing instructions. They were not at all what I expected. I could see planes taking off and landing on runway 1, but the tower gave me instructions to land on runway 19, against the traffic. Suddenly, the radio crackled with other pilots questioning their instructions.

Had I misunderstood? I radioed, “Tower, say again landing instructions. 3601 Victor.”

“3601 Victor,” answered a new voice, a deep, authoritative voice, speaking slowly and clearly. “Enter downwind for a right base for runway 1.”

“I understand right base for runway 1, 3601 Victor.”

“Good thinking,” said my flight examiner. “You must always challenge conflicting air traffic control instructions.”

I didn’t tell him I wasn’t challenging anything; I just didn’t know what to do, and I was grateful that somebody in charge could tell me what to do.

In the chaos created by a wrong instruction, there was a crew chief in the tower in charge. He constantly monitored the situation. He knew exactly where every plane was and what they needed to do to fly safely. He gave calm, clear instructions to a frightened pilot who could understand him and obey.

I confess that I have been very frightened by the chaos in Washington this week. Rebellion against authority, even by people who feel they have a valid complaint, is dangerous and fraught with evil consequence. There seemed to be no quiet, trustworthy, dependable voice of authority anywhere who could bring control and discipline. I was very afraid of what might happen to my dear country.

And then it seemed like I heard a strong, authoritative and tender voice cut through all the noise and static. I could hear God Himself assuring me that He is still in control, and I did nor need to be afraid.

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you . . . .
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
You shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . . .
Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored,
And I have loved you.
Fear not, for I am with you.
 Isaiah 43:1-5

Thank God, that in the worst of chaotic times, He is not only faithful and just, He is still Omnipotent God. He is in control. I do not need to be afraid.