"Who's In Charge?"
October 3, 2007
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12
Airports aren’t all that great anymore.
Years ago, when I was but a lad, I would have said, “Airports are fun.” Those were the days when teachers planned field trips to a local airport and they were sure their students would get to see everything.
Then there came the time when “airports were a status thing.” Although it’s hard for younger generations to remember, there was a time when a person who flew was somebody special. Flying meant an individual was so successful, his time was so valuable, he didn’t have to take the bus, the train, or drive everywhere himself.
Of course, most of us remember the days when “airports became a hassle.” Shortly after 9/11, immediately after the new security regulations were set in place, fliers got frustrated with not knowing what to expect. A person’s children couldn’t come to the gate and welcome them home; the person dropping you off or picking you up had to keep moving.
Now, it appears the hassle of the airport is going to get worse. Scott Conde, a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says, “Delays are just around the corner.” Those delays may be caused by the lack of qualified Air Traffic Controllers. The controllers are the folks who make sure your plane doesn’t have a fender-bender with another plane. It seems the combination of unbelievable stress, long hours, and little pay is creating a situation where controllers are walking away from their jobs.
That’s sad. When I travel, I want someone who is in control, someone who knows what they’re doing, someone in whom I can confidently entrust my life.
That sounds like a job description for the Savior, doesn’t it. No matter what happens, the Savior is in control. No matter what goes wrong, He doesn’t get rattled. No matter how many prayers come in, He has time to listen. No matter what may happen, the Christ who gave His life for me on the cross; who rose so that I might know death has been conquered, remains in control.
He is the One in whom we can confidently entrust our lives. Because Jesus is our Savior, our Friend, our air-and-earth traffic Controller, we can relax and be at peace. We have a Savior who will give His angels charge over us to keep us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in a changing world, I give thanks You don’t change. In a world filled with dangerous days and dark nights, I give thanks that You remain in charge. May I, this day and always, trust You who has saved me. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries