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A good pilot does what it takes to get his passengers home.

A good example of this, is the story of a flight when the attendant told everyone to take their seats because of impending turbulence. It was a rowdy flight; the folks weren’t quick to respond; so she warned them again. “The flight is about to get bumpy. For your own safety, take your seats.”

Most did. But some didn’t, so she changed her tone, “ladies and gentlemen, for your own good take your seats.”

When it seemed like everyone had taken their seats they heard the voice of the pilot. “This is the captain; people have gotten hurt by going to the bathroom instead of staying in their seats. Let’s be very clear about our responsibilities. My job is to get you through the storm. Your job is to do what I say. Now sit down and buckle up!"

Just then the bathroom door opened and a red-faced man with a sheepish grin exited and took his seat.

Good pilots do what it takes to get their passengers home.

So does God. So here’s a question for you… “How far do you want God to go in getting your attention? If God has to choose between your eternal safety and your earthly comfort, which do you hope he chooses? Don’t answer too quickly. Give it some thought.

God does what it takes to get our attention. God will whisper, God will shout, God will touch and tug. He will take away our burdens; He’ll even take away our blessings. If there are thousand steps between us and him, he will take all but one. He will leave the final one for us. The choice to listen is ours.

God’s goal is not to make you happy. His goal is to make you his. His goal is not to get you what you want; it’s to get you what you need. And if that means a jolt or 2 to get you in your seat, then be jolted.

(Max Lucado, A gentile Thunder, Pg xiii)

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