Fly With Me
Shortly after graduating from college - long years ago - I took a job that required me to travel about three weekends of each month. Over the next two years I put in 50-75,000 miles a year in air travel. I don’t recall having any fear of flying, although I did get nauseous a couple of times over some bumpy "puddle-hopper" flights through the mountains.
A number of years later, after coming to the Lord, I was listening to tent evangelist R. W. Shambach on his radio program tell of a near mid-flight disaster that was narrowly avoided in a plane he was in outside Chicago. When asked if that made him "afraid to fly," Brother Shambach readily replied, "Absolutely not; in fact, if you want to fly on a safe airplane, just fly with me!"
That statement exploded on the inside of me. I claimed it for myself, because I knew where Brother Shambach was coming from. He had hold of the love of God, the love that "casts out fear."
Over the years I've made that same statement to a number of people_"come fly with me if you want to get on a guaranteed safe airplane."
But Chaplain," some say, "you're just flat cocky and presumptuous."
Not really. I just believe God's Word and His love for me. In fact, I'll take it a step further: If Jesus tarries, I refuse to leave this life via sickness, disease or accident. I refuse to allow fear to rob me of the destiny God has for me in this world.
I know what Jesus Christ did for me through His death, burial, and resurrection, and I - for one - am taking advantage of it. But guess what? God doesn't love me one iota more than he loves you or any other individual! I am totally convinced that He deeply desires each His children to live by faith and experience this tremendous love He has for us that drives out all fear.
Listen, you can hear Him saying now, "Child, come fly with me!"
Scripture: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18