We were flying across Missouri on a family vacation in my Piper Archer N47702. It was getting dark and even though the clouds were heavy, it was friendly IFR weather. I didn't mind.
Everyone was tired and the kids were asleep in the back of the plane. Suddenly a downdraft caught the airplane and within a couple of seconds we had descended more than 300 feet. Only our seat belts kept us from bouncing off the cabin roof. No roller-coaster could prepare you for that extreme. I radioed Kansas City Center to let them know we were below our assigned altitude. Such weather needed to be reported since it couldn't be seen on radar. As I talked, we were thrust upward while the G force of gravity compressed us in our seats. What had been a smooth ride suddenly found us looking for the nearest place to put down for the night.
The interesting part is that we stayed on course. We were locked on a heading and the airplane kept flying it. What we hadn't anticipated was that the course could take on a three dimensional characteristic.
· We were on course. But we were still in trouble. The course I had set took us right through forces more powerful than our controls.
· If things weren’t strapped down, they would have turned into projectiles and gone right through the fuselage.
· I couldn’t see what was really happening even though I believed I could. There is a huge difference between the two.
Being in control isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For some reason I have difficulty seeing around the next corner or ten minutes into the future! I try to use my X-Ray vision but the least barrier blocks my view.
It limits my understanding.
If I’m in control, it can’t be all that challenging!
Sometimes I forget what God said about it.
“My ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts”.
There is an amazing journey just beyond your control.
You can Break Through the Head Trash and Fear that holds you back. You can turn that fear ON ITS HEAD.
Your Breakthrough begins when you Trust God beyond your ability to control.
Your Control is the ONE THING that is holding you back, but you don't have to go there alone!