I once heard the story of a man and a little girl that were flying in the same airplane, when suddenly a storm broke out. All the passengers in the airplane visibly expressed their emotions of panic and apprehension, which this man shared as well. While the future of the flight seemed ominous, a little girl kept reading a book as if the storm meant nothing to her. She was calm, composed, not worried and unafraid. When the airplane reached the destination, as the passengers disembarked, the man reached out to the girl and asked as to how she could be so calm and composed amidst the storm. The little girl responded, “Sir, my dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home.”
The sailor’s hymn, “Jesus, Savior, Pilot me” is a classic whose first and last stanza are as follows:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
’Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee.”
Jesus is The Pilot. He carries us over any of life’s tempestuous situations; He carries us home. Exodus 19:4 states that God carried the Israelites out of Egypt on Eagle’s wings and brought them to himself. What does this mean? The Prophet Ezekiel sees in his vision, four faces in the cherubs that are indicative of the four-fold person of Jesus Christ – one face of a lion, one face of an ox, one face of a Man and one face of an eagle (Ezekiel 1:10). Jesus in the book of Matthew is portrayed as a King (face of lion; Lion of Judah). In the book of Mark, Jesus is portrayed as a faithful servant (face of an ox) while the book of Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man (face of man). The book of John portrays Jesus as the Son of God (face of an eagle). Since man cannot fly on his own, God sent his Eagle, Jesus Christ, to carry his people, back to himself.
Points to ponder:
Jesus The Pilot carries us and takes us to our home with God (in heavenly places). Ephesians 2:6 states that he has made us sit in heavenly places (our home). Are you being carried by Jesus The Pilot? For when he does, we have nothing to be worried about, and we can be calm, composed and unafraid, amidst all storms. He is saying “Fear not, I will pilot thee.”
Exodus 19:4 (KJV)
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
Ephesians 2:4-6 (KJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: