"We may be very educated, informed, full of connections and of knowledge...yet possess little wisdom on piloting matters."
Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few flights around the world. Some distances longer than others, some shorter. By grace alone my experiences of flying have all been positive and without any deadly complications. I can’t rave about economy seating at the best of times but we’ve come a long way in flight travel and to moan about it would be narrow minded. Modern day jet-setting has a myriad of in flight entertainment to pass the long hours and delicacies to munch on. There are even bathroom essentials as at home.Toilets with moisturizer creams, perfumes to spritz and toothbrushes and paste. Our comfort and convenience is always in mind.
Inside the cabin there is relative calm and composure. Drinks are flowing and the movies keep rolling. Outside the cabin there are turbulent winds, freezing cold air and unpredictable conditions. We sit ill aware at the ferocity of the bigger outer world while placing our trust to somebody we presume is a well trained pilot. There is a high probability that many things in fact do go wrong after take-off, but we are just not made aware of it, and for good reason. In-spite of this secret knowledge the vast majority of departures and arrivals get people home safe and sound everyday. Unless there is terrible turbulence we just continue to sip on our apple juice and grit out teeth about the child kicking the back of our seat. It’s disturbing the viewing experience of The Avengers.
Such are the events of yesterday, today and forevermore. People in high places and positions of authority are handling complicated, pretentious and deadly situations all the time, even when we sleep so that we can sleep at all.
We as the people (myself included) sometimes pretend too much to know all the details of the current days. We sit in our passenger seats claiming we can see the gauge dials better than the actual captain can. That adjustments should be made this or that way. Just because we sit in a window seat by the wing doesn’t mean we know anything about aerodynamics. We may be very educated, informed, full of confidence and of knowledge…yet possess little wisdom on piloting matters.
Life presents daily opportunities to balance the skill of knowledge and wisdom. Avoiding being a know-it-all does not mean to switch off one’s brain and not think for ourselves. To never speak up. On the other hand we need to caution away from ungracious assumptions from especially those who are appointed governmental authority over the masses by which is God’s establishment. They should have our support, our most positive outlook and most importantly our prayers to strengthen and encourage. The most vital thing we need to do is keep the passengers to our left and right looked after. To love thy literal neighbour and do no literal harm. This is how we move forward in the world.
Keep a calm cabin for there are many turbulent skies on the horizon.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding