Postured for Turbulence
While traveling from BWI to New Orleans for a conference, the pilot came on line and stated that he was turning the fasten seat belt sign on, due to "approaching turbulence". Prior to his announcement, the flight attendants were up serving snacks and beverages. However, once the pilot made his announcement, the flight attendant also came online and asked everyone to take their seats and fasten their seat belts. She then stated "due to the turbulence, the flight attendants will also be seated". Immediately I heard the Lord say, "what's your posture when turbulence is approaching"? As I pondered the question, I heard Him then say, “write a blog about it.”
The beauty in this instance is that we are forewarned about the turbulence, but how many times do we ignore the warnings? So what is your posture? Do you take the stance of oh it won’t be that bad, I’ll get through it? Do you remind yourself that you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephes 2:6), and use the word in prayer to brace you for what is about to come?
The best posture to have is the same as the flight attendant-be seated. However, where you are seated is what is most important. In this scenario, there was a warning that turbulence was approaching. The pilot was able to see ahead or was notified by the air traffic controller that we were approaching turbulence. The Holy Spirit serves as our air traffic controller to alert us of the plots and schemes of the prince of the air (Ephesians 2:2). Whose voice are you listening too?
As a believer, we can't allow our thoughts to cause us to forget that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). Remembering this should bring us comfort, because Jesus told us that we were not exempt from trouble, but we would overcome it just as he did (John 16:33).
We can't allow fear to usurp our faith, but we must be fully clothed in our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17), daily raising the shield of faith to fight off the fiery darts of fear. Sitting at the feet of fear causes us to rehearse the lies of the enemy. The more we rehearse them in our mind or even speak them out of our mouth we soon find it becomes our reality (Job 3:25). We must replace every negative thought that brings about fear and doubt with the word of God that pertains to that situation (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
So, what is your posture at the onset of turbulence? Do you yield to the fear of the shaking, or do you sit in faith knowing that the shaking is removing everything that does not need to be a part of your life (Hebrews 12:25-29)? Fasten your seatbelt and remain seated in the word and you'll find yourself on the other side of the turbulence in no time.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!