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Friday, December 17, 2010

Who's Flying the Plane?

I read once about a photographer from a national magazine assigned to cover the fires at Yellowstone National Park.  The magazine wanted to show some of the heroic work of the fire fighters as they battled the blaze.

When the photographer arrived, he realized that the smoke was so thick, it would seriously impede or make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level. 

He requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air.  His request was approved and arrangements were made.  He was told to report to a nearby airport, where a plane would be waiting for him.

The photographer arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate.  He jumped in with his bag and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air.

The photographer said, "Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures."

"Why?" asked the pilot.

"Because I am a photographer," he responded, "and photographers take photographs." 

The pilot was silent for a moment.  Finally he stammered, "You mean you're not flight instructor?"

Too many of us have photographers flying our planes. We need someone competent as our pilot. Otherwise, like the two men in the story, we are headed for a crash.

Only one is qualified to fly our plane—Jesus.   

Jesus said in the Sermon on the Plain (no pun intended), 39Jesus also used some sayings as he spoke to the people. He said:
Can one blind person lead another blind person? Won't they both fall into a ditch? 40Are students better than their teacher? But when they are fully trained, they will be like their teacher (Luke 6:39-40). CEV

We must daily reassert that Jesus is the teacher and we are his disciples.

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