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This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. – Joshua 1:8

As Byron and I traveled to North Carolina weekend before last, we had a very bumpy flight.  As with most flights, the takeoff was among the most exhilarating, yet bumpy part of our journey.  As soon as we turned the corner of the wide runway, the engines roared loudly as I watched the green trees race past my window faster and faster and we accelerated to approximately 148 mph, the speed needed for a 737 to lift off of the ground.  All the while the plane vibrated like a high-powered electric razor.  During takeoff, all passengers were set on following the directions of the flight attendants and the pilot.  We remained in our seats, seatbelts fastened, trays locked, and seats in upright position…that is, until we leveled off at 28,000 feet (approximately 6 miles above ground).  Once passengers became comfortable, some people began to unfasten their seatbelts although the fasten seatbelt light was still on, while others began using electronics before the appropriate time.

Isn’t this a lot like life?

When we enter into new seasons of our lives (i.e. new jobs, new school years, moving to a new place), we seek God passionately and listen for His instructions intently.  However, once we feel comfortable in our new position and our surroundings become familiar, we’re not as quick to listen to our Pilot’s instructions.  All of a sudden we go from spending an hour on our knees in prayer to praying briefly in the shower.  We go from studying God’s Word early in the morning to perusing our Bibles on the subway.

Interestingly, as soon as we experienced turbulence on our flight (which, I must admit, was some of the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced), people began buckling their seatbelts again and listening attentively to the pilot’s voice.  Often times, God will allow unexpected turbulence in our lives simply to get our attention and compel us to seek Him for direction.

As Joshua began leading the Israelites into Canaan after Moses’ death, God told Him to meditate on the book of the law day and night.  In other words, don’t just read the Bible sporadically, but do it consistently and faithfully, as God said in Joshua 1:8.

As we continue in our new seasons, let us not become so comfortable and complacent that we cease to be diligent about seeking direction from our Pilot daily.  For it’s in His direction that we will arrive safely at our appointed destination and have “good success.”

May God continue to bless you in this new season.