Devotions By Jan

Autopilot

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Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

It worries me to think of an airplane with autopilot capabilities!  They have been in use for a long time, but my imagination takes flight sometimes along with the plane.  I can think of lots of things that could go wrong!  But everything is so computerized that planes can execute some pretty precise maneuvers, even landing a plane with zero visibility.

I learned that the autopilot of an aircraft is sometimes referred to as “George!”  It is a good thing that George can be switched off in times of failure.  That manual override is important when there is a bad connection or a sensor failure, resulting in a loss of needed input data.  The presence of that pilot remains essential.

Sometimes in my Christian walk, I feel like I am on autopilot.  I have been a believer a long time.  I can go through all the motions of the Christian life without much thought.  I can pray spiritual-sounding prayers at the drop of a hat.  I know all the lyrics of all the old hymns and can quote verses with the best of them.  But I usually know when I am on autopilot, as something is missing.  My heart is not in it.

Our verse today talks about leaning on our own understanding and directing ourselves.  When I am going through the motions, doing things in my own strength, and directing myself, I am at risk of messing up.  Flight turbulence brings me to my senses!  I acknowledge Him by giving Him back the controls.  Thank you, Lord, that You are there and waiting to straighten my paths.

6 thoughts on “Autopilot

  1. Great post Proverbs 3:5-6 is my life verse. tomorrow is my son’s 1 year anniversary of being sober. God has truly done a miracle in him, he is really serving the Lord and being a godly husband and father. PTL God is so good !!

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  2. Your devotions are so wonderful. This week 7 of my grandchildren go back to school. (Two already started Aug 5). +Caleigh Grace-kindergarten and +Joseph-4th grade….ask me is it’s not killin me that I am NOT his teacher!!!!) They live in Rancho Cucumunga. These 7 are: *Vanessa-Junior Point Loma +Marcus-sophomore Saddleback College-varsity football *Brandon-senior SVCS-ASB president-Varsity beach volleyball # Melody-senior-SVCS-ASB secretary. Varsity cross-country + Elijah-senior-SVCS-varsity football * Julia-sophomore-SVCS-JV volleyball # Emma Joy-freshman-SVCS-JV volleyball *=Barbara’s children +=Cathie’s children #=Debby’s children.

    We meet with this group (except Vanessa) every Thursday morning during the school year at Starbuck’s for devotion and Bible study. I with the girls. Bill with the boys. I cannot tell you how often I use your devotionals with my girls. The timing is always perfect for what you send in re: to what they may be going through. I always send all 9 of my grands a back-to-school card/letter in the mail just before the first day of school. I include encouragement and challenges from God’s Word. “Autopilot” was copied and included in each card! I felt it just perfect for what I wanted to get across to them for this school year especially since they are older and have many more decisions to make and because they are in leadership roles. My cup runneth over, Jan! You are part of the cup of blessing in my life and that of my grands. Sorry for all the apparent bragging; I listed everything so you could see the details of my praise….not really bragging. Also so that you can pray for them. {Marky and Elijah live with us.} Love you. Have you had some down-time, a weekend get-away? R&R ? Carol Semper Deo Laud

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