NOTAM: Mark 4:19 “...and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
If you pay attention to accident reports, I’m sure you have seen several cases each year where a pilot puts a plane down due to fuel exhaustion. Recently, there was a story of a Cirrus running out of fuel with a student and an instructor onboard. Being an instructor, I can understand how there may have been so much distraction, they simply forgot about the fuel. Many of the airplanes we fly in GA have complex fuel systems that may require your input every 30 minutes or so. I have read countless NTSB reports of professional pilots, with thousands of hours, forgetting to watch fuel levels and running out. I always think about what might have been going on, how distracted was the pilot to have missed such a critical element and put their life and passengers in such danger, risking death.
Distraction is often the culprit. Heavy work loads or just things that come up in a series of events can lead to the fuel out situation in life. The Enemy is a master of distraction. I’m confident there is not a single pilot who would get into an airplane knowing or even planning to run out of fuel. The reality is, they get distracted. We never start our day planning to run out of fuel and end up crash landing, but how many times do we actually let the Enemy distract us? How many times do we walk out the door without a good alternate plan, or an offensive plan for the day to keep distractions away.
Keeping our spiritual fuel tank full really is a life and death situation, just like running out of fuel in a plane. Conversations with God through prayer, studying the Bible and asking the Holy Spirit to lead are life giving actions. Being distracted by the Enemy can lead to death. The enemy will use every tactic possible to run us out of fuel and cause us to crash land.
In The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, you find a very crafty distractor that has one key goal: Steal the person’s time so they cannot build a relationship with Jesus. In other words, keep s/he distracted so they eventually just run out of fuel and crash.
5T’s in response to the verses today, how would you look at each of these areas in your life today?
NAV LOG: Keep your tanks full, keep a fresh mind, look for distractions that would lead you away from the tasks at hand, be strong.
PIREP (Prayer Time): Lord, help me spend time with you, keep my tanks full, help me stay away from deadly distractions in my day and guide me through your Holy spirit.