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Pastor guides test pilot

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Did you know that every Christian Science church, all over the world, has the same pastor?  That’s because it is not a person, but a set of books.  The Founder of the Christian Science movement ordained the *Bible and her inspirational book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, as the joint pastor of her church.  Every week, selected passages from these two books are read to the congregation as a major part of the bi-weekly services.  Every day, adherents of this Christian denomination study these writings at home in order to understand spiritual truths that they can put into practice in their lives.   This Word of God is a pastor you can depend upon 24/7.

As a former test pilot, I have had many opportunities to ask my Pastor for divine guidance.  In difficult situations, the first thing I do is ask: “What would my Pastor tell me to do?”   The answer may come in these words from Scripture:  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5,6)

There have been many times when God directed and protected me as a test pilot.  Once I was preparing to taxi an aircraft for a first production test flight.  Just before calling for clearance to taxi it came to me very strongly to shut down the engines, get out of my seat and check the avionics equipment associated with the flight control systems. This was not part of my normal pre-flight duties, or something a pilot would usually look at before flight. I quietly stopped and listened for my Pastor’s guidance - and remembered these words:  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.”  (II Tim 1:7) Again it came to me very strongly to shut down the engines. So I obeyed and discovered that one of the avionics boxes associated with the flight control systems was not installed properly. This would have resulted in serious control problems had we proceeded with the test flight.  I quietly thanked Him for giving me the right directions in this situation.

At times, we may think or say, “I’m afraid.”  But our Pastor says: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9) “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) “This truth is Christian Science.” (S&H page 442:28)

We may say, “I’m so disturbed; this situation really bugs me.”  But our Pastor says:  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”  (Isa 26:3) “Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.” (S&H 264:24-27)

We may say, “Why it’s impossible. I don’t think I can do it.”  But then we remember something our Pastor told us and we hear ourselves saying:  “I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.” (Phil 4:13-JBP)  “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)  “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (S&H 494:10-11)

All of us can take care of ourselves because God gives us guidance through His Word.  Over the years I have discovered that God’s loving, spiritual directions have kept me safe and out of trouble. Sometimes this counsel comes directly to my thought; sometimes it comes through the words of my Pastor – passages from Scripture, or words from the Christian Science textbook. 

So the next time you have one of those occasions when you ask yourself, “Now, what is the right thing to do in this situation?”  - you might just want to stop and ask Him, and listen for His reply.  Or you may discover, as I have, that quite often He tells me even before I ask Him.

Jim - U. S. Navy, Retired


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