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Today marked our last day of class before we break for the October week, and then it’ll be less than two months before Christmas… and before you know it, we’ll be leaving behind 2013 and welcoming in a new year.

Where has time gone?

At the time of writing and reflecting, I feel stretched in my faith, but not that easy kind that I hoped for. Of course, who said that growing as a Christian would be easy?

I feel the LORD wants me to understand and practice godly patience, and to develop a daily habit in me to place my faith and trust in Him – in ALL things that I face in my everyday life. For me, I have to remind myself to not sit at the pilot’s seat of the plane, but happily invite God to steer the way forward.

In fact, I don’t think we should really be inside the cockpit of the plane, but to remain seated in the passenger’s cabin, as you would when embarking on a real journey of an airplane. As with passengers, we are to enjoy the ride, admire the views, digest on food for thought, be provoked by the on-board entertainment, and expect some turbulence ahead.

Lately, I’ve been having this tendency to leave my seat, not to stretch my legs due to the long haul flight, of what seems like a never ending journey, but to distract the pilot, as I keep asking God “Are we there yet?”

We may laugh or grin at the phrase because of our inner annoyance of kids asking their parents, out of sheer boredom or simply out of pure innocence. And yet, we do the same with the LORD. Because our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He may choose to respond in the gentleness of His still voice and reveal tidbits of our destination. Other times, we may feel He’s not listening, but He is – He’s simply busy at His work.

Either way, we are not alone in our personal journey in life. In fact, to our surprise, we may even find other passengers onboard, whom we can identify as our brothers and sisters in Christ – all of whom, come from varying backgrounds and different walks and faith in the LORD.

I shall close with a word of encouragement – and of course, this also applies to me too!

If we have fully invited God to steer the way forward in pole position at the cockpit of the airplane (someone who is perfectly qualified to get the job done), why do we struggle to place our faith and trust on the LORD? And yes, we are talking about the LORD God, the One who created the heavens and the earth.

For He is the way, and the truth, and the life! Only through the LORD Jesus Christ will we safely reach our eternal destination.

~Richard