Unseen ‘Traffic Controller’ [v192]


Unseen ‘Traffic Controller’

One thing I’ve always wanted to do was to fly an airplane—especially one of those lightweight ‘rockets’ that they fly in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, which is at the forefront of propeller-driven aviation technology. They are constructed to be as light as possible to ensure maximum speed, and can tolerate being stressed up to 10Gs! (10 times the force of gravity)—something that even modern fighter jets can’t match!

[ My car racing buddy, Rex Roy, actually got really close to doing this when he got to be the “pilot” of a Marchetti SF260 combat fighter in a ‘dog fight’ with another fighter at 10,000 feet at a place called “Air Combat USA” in California – Take a look: http://aircombat.com/ ].


All the excitement of being able to fly ‘anywhere’ you want in the air comes after a lot of training, receiving your license, and having access to a plane (I did do my “ground school” in the late 1970’s, but never had the money to finish “flight school”).

First off, you CAN’T fly “anywhere” you want—you have to ‘restrict’ yourself to a “flight plan,” so you don’t run into other planes. Even though you are the “pilot,” you’re really not in ‘control’—there’s that ‘unseen’ “traffic controller” that assigns your route of flight, headings, altitudes, when you’re “cleared” for takeoff, when you’ve ‘strayed’ from your flight plan, and when/where you can land.

As a ‘pilot-in-training’, I remember that I kind of resented the traffic controller’s  rather insistent ‘finger’ in every decision of my planned trip. In addition to that, in some of the older planes I was in, the ‘clarity’ of the radio audio is not that good, so you had to really concentrate when you were listening to their instructions.


As I reflect on those experiences back then, I realize that they can also be applied to my life right now.

I recently read of a real-life account that might illustrate what I’m trying to say:

On April 12, 2009, Doug White was a passenger on a small twin-engine airplane that took off from the Marco Island, Florida airport that day. He was with his wife and two daughters as they traveled back home to Jackson, Mississippi. Their pilot took the plane to 9,000 feet and notified air traffic control of its position. He completed a verbal flight checklist, but then suddenly the pilot grew silent. Doug had headphones on and was listening to the verbal exchange. He looked over at the pilot when the chatter stopped. He saw something no passenger ever wants to see…the pilot was slumped over and unresponsive. He was dead!

Trying to stay calm, Doug did the one thing he knew how to do, call for help on the radio. That was the only button he was familiar with on this plane. So, he located the button and he radioed air traffic control. Now, the folks at air traffic control were shocked to hear a different voice—a voice telling them that the pilot was unconscious, and that they needed help.

Doug was relieved to have made contact, but was still very much concerned. He turned to his family and he told them to pray hard. Now, he had some experience flying a small, single-engine plane, but that hardly prepared him for the larger and faster aircraft they were in. Air traffic control was scrambling to find an expert on that particular plane, the pressure was mounting, the tension growing—it was a dire situation. But the one thing that Doug would really need to do was to be prepared to wait, to listen, and to get the job done.

Wait and listen! That wasn’t easy for Doug—and that’s not an easy thing for you and me to do either, is it? Wait and listen? I don’t know about you, but I’m a person of action, or at least I think I am. If I’m in a situation that challenges me, I get busy. I like to try to figure my way out of things. My mind races. I make plans. Ideas course through my brain—and, frequently, I’ll ‘jump’ into action.

But sometimes you can’t do that. Sometimes, you just have to wait—and you have to listen.

One of the air traffic controllers had a friend who was certified in the “King Air” type of plane that Doug and his family were in. He got him on the phone. The friend pulled out books, manuals, and a cockpit diagram. Doug waited. The King Air expert relayed information to one air traffic controller, who in turn, handed off the instructions to the controller speaking with Doug. Doug listened. They walked Doug through disengaging the autopilot and leveling off. Then they helped him redirect his flight path toward the airport.

Doug asked plenty of questions, but after each inquiry, Doug waited for instructions and listened very carefully. He waited, and he listened—because his family’s lives depended on it.

So, it happened on that day, Easter Sunday in 2009, after patiently waiting, listening, and responding, Doug White courageously brought the plane in for a safe landing at the Southwest Florida International Airport. (The air traffic controllers did a magnificent job, too—see the video below). In the final report, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association called the incident “It’s a real Easter miracle.”

[ News article:
— NATCA report:
— View a video of the full flight radar here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhMom-YHgoU ]


Well, first off, I garnered from that story that it’s better to trust those with the “larger picture.” The traffic controllers have access to much more info than you, the pilot, do, and sometimes when they tell you to fly a heading that’s in a different direction than you want to go, and don’t tell you why, because they know better and can ‘see’ (with radar) a ‘bigger picture’ than you can at the time (like bad weather ahead).

It just so happens that my life right now seems to be ‘flying’ in all the wrong directions (continual total knee surgery issues; rebuilding business going slow; financial pressures; close personal relationship strains, etc.)—and it’s very frustrating. But, one thing I do know, even though I don’t know when all these ‘issues’ will be solved, God is much like that “traffic controller” in that He ‘sees’ much more than I can from His ‘vantage point’—He sees things I can’t see, and the ‘direction’ I would want to go in might even be worse than what is happening now!


So, when I think about Doug White’s ‘predicament’, he didn’t need to come up with his own solutions as he and his family sat in that airplane. He didn’t need to develop a keen imagination or brainstorm strategies about his very dire situation. He needed to listen to the ‘experts’ who knew how to help him, and to do what exactly what they said, trusting that they were telling him what he needed to know—when he needed to know it!

Wait and listen. There are times in life when that is the answer. You may not be flying in an airplane right now, but you might be feeling the same tension and fear Doug White did, but for other reasons. Do you have a deep need in your life that seems unsolvable? Are you wondering where God is, and if He will respond?

Well, let me assure you that you’re not alone, and that you have THE ‘expert’ in your corner, and you don’t have to go looking for God to come help you—He was ‘there’ for you before you even called for His help!

God is faithful. He loves you and promises to provide for your ‘needs’. God does have your best ‘interests’ in mind, and He, just as the traffic controller would, will guide you in the best direction to take, and will continue to keep you on ‘course’—if you are patient and take His ‘advice’! Wait, listen, then act.

But you may be thinking, “It was easy for Doug White to listen to the help and guidance from air traffic controllers (he could ‘hear’ them over the radio), but how do I ‘hear’ God?


Well, there was a man, many years ago (about 600 B.C.), that was a prophet in the Old Testament. His name was Habakkuk (which means “one who embraces, wrestles, or clings”). Habakkuk’s life around him seemed to have no ‘pilot’, no direction, and no control. In the first chapter of the brief book in the Bible he wrote, Habakkuk raises these issues. He cries out to God:

“O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted” [ Habakkuk 1:2-4 ].

Habakkuk was lamenting the real condition of the world he lived in. Things were not going well. But, Habakkuk didn’t sit idly by. He wondered aloud where God was in the middle of this mess. You can hear him ask the big questions: “How long? Why? When will you come through? When will you answer, God?”

You may have asked those questions in your life. You might be asking them now (as I am). God tells us that’s okay—He can handle our questions. But, too often, when we ask these questions, we really don’t let God answer. Instead, we jump in with our ideas, our anxiety, our fear, or our anger. We cry out to God, but we really don’t give God a chance to respond. We don’t listen!

What if Doug White asked the air traffic controllers where the landing gear switch was, but instead of waiting for their answer as they processed the information through their King Air expert, he started flipping random switches? It would have been counter-productive for sure—perhaps even deadly!


I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty of when times I’ve brought God a serious issue in prayer and immediately after I said “Amen,” I started to brainstorm all the possible solutions on my own.

It’s easy to send many questions, complaints, and cries God’s way, but it’s not as easy to stop and listen. It’s easy to create strategies, plans, and personal action, but it’s not as easy to wait on God and let Him lead the way. We always want it all right now.

That’s why Habakkuk reminds us: “Though it linger,” he says, “wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-but the righteous person will live by his faith.”


There are so many today who think that they can handle the big things in life on their own. But, when it comes to the ‘big things’, like where you will spend eternity, that’s not the way it works at all. In fact, it’s more of a wait, listen, and having faith type of thing.

Have you ever heard of “Just-in-Time Learning”? It’s a method of teaching that provides exactly what the learner needs at the moment, instead of providing large amounts of information that won’t be used right away. It’s as simple as a carpenter teaching an apprentice how to install trim woodwork in a house while they’re doing it instead of having the apprentice take a variety of classes on all aspects of carpentry and then expecting him to remember just the ‘trim’ information when they get to that point in the building of a house. Just-In-Time learners don’t know the ‘whole picture’ yet. They haven’t read the “end of the book,” but they are brought faithfully along the way by caring ‘leaders’.

You are God’s ‘Just-In-Time’ learner. He gives you just enough when you need it—just enough for each day (“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” – Matthew 6:34). You may not know what the next step is, but you do know that you are being led by an omnipotent, faithful, and caring God.


So, how do you wait for God? How do you listen to Him? How do you take each day, one at a time, waiting for God’s ‘instructions’?

The prophet Habakkuk helps us out with this. After he asks his big questions, he said: “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me…” [ Habakkuk 2:1 ].

Did you catch that? Habakkuk made a commitment to watch, to look out to see how God would answer. Habakkuk became a listener. When he mentioned his watchpost, he was talking about watching for God like a sentry scans the horizon and intently looks for activity. This watching is diligent and careful. It takes time and discipline. When Habakkuk said he would look out to see what God would say to him, it indicates anticipation, waiting expectantly for God to come through because God is faithful—and, like I had to do in those old planes, you have to LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY, since most of the time, God speaks in a “still, small voice” [ 1 Kings 19:12 ], or an almost imperceptible ‘whisper’.

That’s what it takes to ‘hear’ God—quite, diligent focus.

Primarily, you get connected to God where He promises to ‘speak’ to you and me—by reading the Bible. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” [ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ]. By being ‘in’ the Bible, you become familiar with the way God works, you grow in an understanding of His truth, and it’s where the Holy Spirit can do His ‘work’ in you.


But, all this doesn’t mean you’ll get all your answers right away—and it doesn’t even mean you’ll get all your answers to your satisfaction either! In this life, there are some things we may never know or understand (you can ask God when you get to Heaven). Even if you never know all the answers, He will give you a “peace that surpasses all understanding,” and will always supply your every ‘need’!

God isn’t ignoring you, you just need to wait for Him [ Habakkuk 2:2-4 ]. In fact, He ‘instructs’ us to wait for Him in faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” God didn’t say that as you trust Him and believe in Him, you’ll have all the answers. God said that His people should be of “good courage” while they live by faith waiting for the things to work out for the best. [ This is expounded upon in the song “Walk By Faith” below ].


“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” [ Isaiah 55:9 ].

Hopefully this scripture verse will give you great comfort in knowing that God is ‘sovereign’ and able to ‘guide’ your life if you allow Him to. This ‘poem’ seemed to summarize what I’ve been trying to say:

God knows something you don’t know
He knows all the facts – All the facts about your situation.
At best you know relatively few facts regarding yourself.
God sees the whole picture – past, present and future.
You’re in the middle –
He views from the outside – with transcendent wisdom.
He knows you in the total context of your life.
He knows you from top to bottom – inside and out.
Your future is as plain to Him as your past.
As no sparrow can fall to the ground without His knowledge,
So He is aware of every microscopic detail of your existence.
Even “the hairs of your head are numbered,” Jesus said.
And He loves you! With an everlasting love,
an unquenchable love, an unremitting, unchanging love.

Of course you have sinned – and failed – and vacillated.
But His love is infinitely greater than your weakness.
Commit your way to the One who will guide you according to all the facts.
Nothing would please Him more.
[ Author unknown ]


God knows every detail of each one of our lives. He knows every moment. He can see the end from the beginning, and He can see the beautiful conclusion. That’s why He is saying to you and me, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” [ Philippians 4:6-7 ].

Just trust God and He will ‘tell’ you what to do. Walk by faith, even if the ‘sky’ seems to be falling down upon you. Even though you cannot see the ‘airport’ and cannot see anything but ‘clouds’ at this moment, keep walking by faith and THE “traffic controller” will guide you to a safe ‘landing’!


[ Excerpts from: Focus on the Family; Gaye Martin; Darrel Mitchell; Rev. Gregory Seltz ]



Walking by Faith: Lessons Learned in the Dark
By Jennifer Rothschild

She lost her eyesight as a teen, but gained something much more valuable…spiritual insight. With wit and wisdom, the author relates some of the challenges in her life-from learning to apply make-up to changing a diaper. Yet she speaks not as one who has overcome great hurdles, but as one who-like all of us-faces them every day.

By examining the practical differences between walking by sight and walking by faith, Rothschilds offers valuable spiritual lessons on: taking risks, giving God control, trusting in His Will, preserving through hardship, and being guided by the Truth. Created especially for women, this interactive Bible study promises to be an eye-opening experience. Designed for seven weekly sessions-including an introductory meeting-and features six weeks of interactive material for daily personal study.



When God Doesn’t Heal Now: How to Walk by Faith, Facing Pain, Suffering, and Death
By Larry Keefauver

God has healed in the past and wants to heal now. But though they pray in faith, go to healing meetings, and strive to have enough faith, many are not healed as they would wish to be. “When God Doesn’t Heal Now” examines the myths about healing that are built on partial truths and looks at the profound relationship between prayer, healing, and the sovereignty of God. This guide offers a balanced look at teachings on healing, faith healers, and ways to bring biblical clarity to beliefs that often foster guilt, defeat, and despair when believers are not healed. “When God Doesn’t Heal Now” is an encouraging book which affirms the biblical truth that God is our healer



Lord, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen?
By Kay Arthur

Enjoy the expanded and updated editions of the best-selling “Lord” Bible Study Series from Kay Arthur.  The “Lord” study series is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible study series designed to meet readers where they are—and help them discover God’s answers to their deepest needs.Chaos. Tragedy. Brokenness. Where Is God? You never dreamed it would happen to you. You cry for help…but God doesn’t seem to hear. Why? Chaos, tragedies, broken relationships—how could a God who is all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving allow these things? And what about the wars, disasters, and plagues tearing the world apart? If God really is who He says He is, how can He let these things happen? Why doesn’t He do something? In Lord, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen? Kay Arthur will guide you tothe answers through the book of Habakkuk, helping you know God, understand Him, and love Him more fully. This daily study will minister to you and help you walk by faith.



Learning to Walk by Faith Not by Sight: Problems and Answers for Everyday Situations
By Tracy Kingsbury

Does your situation seem hopeless? Do you feel like your back is against the wall? Have you ever faced financial difficulties like bankruptcy, selling your house, taxes, or struggled with no money left for groceries after paying the bills? Are you in need of God’s favor? God has the answer for every situation you’re facing in life. There is no problem that is too difficult for Him. He can make a way, where there seems to be no way. No matter how big or small your problem is, when the world says it can’t be done, God says it can! If you’ll just believe that all things are possible with Him. “Learning to Walk by Faith Not by Sight “is a collection of true stories about difficult and challenging situations in my life where God took the impossible and made it possible. May you draw encouragement and hope from these stories to overcome whatever trials you may be going through. “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” – Ephesians 3:20.



Hebrews: Live by Faith, Not by Sight
By Warren W. Wiersbe

Hebrews—written by Christians, to Christians, and for Christians—is loaded with theology accessible to any believer who wants to grasp the origin and meaning of faith. Penned at a time that was politically unstable, Hebrews targets believers who were tempted to abandon their faith and slip back into the rules and regulations of Judaism. In our politically unstable time of “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark 13:7), we can all understand the quest for stability. But there is only one source of rock solid security. Warren Wiersbe will show you that by focusing on the reality of the unseen first, an overwhelming desire for intimate friendship with God will follow. You will begin to see less with your physical eyes and more with your spiritual eyes as Wiersbe takes you on a journey, personally or with the fellowship of a group, that will strengthen your walk by deepening your insight.



[P.S.: If you would like to investigate what the Bible says about the role of reason and doubt in faith, visit the following link:



If you have a ‘neat’ story or some thoughts about an issue or current event that you would like me to try to respond to, I would be glad to give it a try…so, send them to me at: mbesh@comcast.net



Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to win my endless fears
You’ve been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

yeah, yeah , yeah, yeah, yeah, ya


Well I’m broken- but I still see Your face
Well You’ve spoken- pouring Your words of grace

[chorus x2]

Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)
Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith
I will, I will, I will walk by faith

[ Jeremy Camp – “Stay” album ]



Q: What does it mean to walk by faith not by sight?

A: Second Corinthians 5:6–7 says, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight” (ESV, emphasis added). Other versions use the word live, rather than walk. The “walk” here is a metaphorical reference to the way a person conducts his or her life. We still use the phrase “all walks of life” to mean a variety of lifestyles or cultures.

The apostle Paul reminds his readers that followers of Christ must not build their lives around things that have no eternal significance. Rather than pursuing the same things the world pursues, a Christian should focus on the unseen realities such as Jesus and heaven. Paul goes on to say, “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:9–10). Jesus instructed us to store up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19–20; Luke 12:33). He promised rewards to everyone who does His will (Matthew 16:27; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 22:12) and punishment for those who reject Him (Matthew 25:24–46; John 3:16–18).

Walking by faith means living life in light of eternal consequences. To walk by faith is to fear God more than man; to obey the Bible even when it conflicts with man’s commands; to choose righteousness over sin, no matter what the cost; to trust God in every circumstance; and to believe God rewards those who seek Him, regardless of who says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6).

Rather than loving the things of this world (1 John 2:15–16), Christians should spend their lives glorifying God in everything they do (1 Corinthians 10:31). It requires faith to live this way because we cannot see, hear, or touch anything spiritual. When we base our lives on the truth of God’s Word, rather than on the popular philosophy of our day, we are going against our natural inclinations. Our natural instincts may be to horde money, but walking by faith says we should “give to those in need” (Luke 11:41; Ephesians 4:28). Society may say that sexual immorality is acceptable, but those who walk by faith base their standards on the unchangeable nature of God’s Word, which says any sex outside of marriage is sin (1 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 5:3; Galatians 5:19). To walk by faith requires that we tune our hearts to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word (John 10:27; 16:13). We choose to live according to what God reveals to us, rather than trust our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5–6).

[ “Got Questions” web site ]


(A Parody of “Faith” by George Michael)

Well, I guess it would be nice
If I could touch and see it
You know, I must believe in
A lot of things I can’t see
But the Spirit of Christ
He testifies inside of me
That I’m a child of God, you see
That’s Romans 8:16
Before you tell me
That I’ve gone crazy
Before you say there’s no way to be sure
I’ve got to tell you
This information
There’s one way to heaven
And I’ll show you the door
First you gotta have faith
You gotta have faith
You gotta have faith, faith, faith
Faith! Faith! Faith!
Some of the things that I have seen
I just plain wouldn’t have believed
From anyone else
I understand why you can doubt
The words a-comin’ from my mouth
Until you see it yourself
You know, but Hebrews 11 says
Faith is something we hope will happen
It’s evidence of things that can’t be seen
And Romans 5:5 says hope like that will
Not disappoint us
And I know just what he means
He means we gotta have faith
We gotta have faith
You gotta have faith, faith, faith
Faith! Faith! Faith!

[ ApologetiX – Isn’t Wasn’t Ain’t album ]




“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
[ Martin Luther King, Jr. ]

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
[ St. Augustine ]

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
[ Voltaire ]

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
[ St. Augustine ]

“Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.”
[ Blaise Pascal ]

“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”
[ D. Elton Trueblood ]


Hope you enjoyed some of these insights—share them with your friends and colleagues—so we can have a larger ‘pool’ to receive from, and more to share with! Also, remember to include your name as the “source,” if some of this wisdom is of your doing—I would like to give credit where credit is due!
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love”
[ Isaiah 55:8-13 ].


“For we walk by faith, not by sight”
[ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ].




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