I’m not the co-pilot … it’s not even my plane.
Are You Sure About that?
I get it: we like to think we’ve acknowledged Him as the leader, provider, and in control. We want to believe we are all yielded to Him and what not.
But the proverb falls flat when we choose another path and choose sin, or perhaps when we choose our desires rather than His best for us. In those times, is He the pilot in charge of our Plane we call Life? Is He really leading us into disobedience?
It is better for all of us when we discard childish notions and proverbs and live by His word:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your Life will be like tomorrow, for you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
Who are these people who say, “we will live and also do this or that.”
Those are people who take ownership of their decisions and actions (they know how to direct their Plane), but they also know how to ask and receive guidance from Air Traffic Control and fly according to the rules. These people are flying their Planes in the correct manner and direction because they’ve already been down the road of learning, planning, conferring, and taking action for which they are responsible.
How many times have we asked God, “do I go to the grocery store ‘A,’ ‘B,’ or ‘C’?” Or perhaps, “do I buy gas here, or over there?” If we’re not having that kind of intimate relationship, if we don’t even know how to get a “yes” or “no” between this or that grocery store, how can we say, “God is my pilot?”
It is better to take responsibility for our Plane, acknowledging that we have our hands on the controls, rather than to abscond responsibility and point angry fingers at our Holy Father when things happen that we don’t like.