NOTAM 1 John 3:22 “…and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
It’s a beautiful day. A sunny 72 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and the spring thaw is showing signs of new plant life all over the valley. A young pilot is flying toward the destination point of a nearly 520nm cross country trip. He is admiring the landscape and fresh plant life below while taking in a good dose of Vitamin D through the windshield. There have been a series of legs in this journey home from a flight to visit friends from high school.
The pilot has been with flight following for about two hours. Everything has been relatively quiet along the route. Without much warning, the area starts to look very unfamiliar; new terrain that seems out of place. Not too concerned, he continues the flight, tracking the VOR inbound.
He thinks, “Wait, there are no mountains in this part of my flight, what is that river?” Panic starts to set in for a moment. The pilot wonders, “Could I be off course somehow?” Checking everything, there doesn’t seem to be anything apparent other than unfamiliar terrain, so the journey continues.
Some 20 minutes later, things are not as they should be. Fuel is lower than expected and the terrain around the pilot doesn’t check with his memory of the flight over. The pilot double checks the map and gets a flicker on the CDI of an out of range. Nothing is lining up. “Where have I flown?” he asks himself.
Now, a nearly exhausted and disoriented pilot hears the plane sputter, gasping for that last sip of fuel. The silence of the engine is eery and alarming. What went wrong?
In reality this would be a very far fetched story, but I tell it to present a question. What was the critical item the pilot missed? Questions. Click the mic and ask for a location and ask for help. There are no bad questions, only unasked questions. Now, the only remaining question would be, why didn’t this budding young pilot make it home on his journey.
Every day we walk in two realms, spiritual and physical. We always have flight following in the form of the Holy Spirit. We can ask questions but often we don’t. Why? How easy is it to get into a situation and just push through, relying only on our strength. All we have to do is ask the questions. If we don’t ASK, how will we ever receive?
We must not be afraid to ask , ask all kinds of things. Praying, asking, seeking and pleasing Him, keeps God near. He abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. Remember, John 14:13-14: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.“
5-T’s How are you using the following resources to live out 1 John 3:22, right now:
NAVLOG: Often times the quality of the question determines the quality of the answer. Spend time in prayer asking and seeking the Lord. He gives us strength – and answers our questions.
PIREP (Prayer Time): Lord, please remind me you are my navigator. Seeking you, asking you and following you keeps me on the straight-and-narrow and away from the dangerous terrain of life I so often find myself in when I rely on my own sense of direction.