On a recent lunch date, my husband and I ended up at a small airport restaurant. The outside seating was fantastic and the food was delicious, however, it was our surroundings that were intriguing. We had a small bird visit our table and offer us a lovely song. In addition to the little bird’s serenade, the outdoor stage was too much of a draw for one little girl, and she hopped right up there and began to serenade us with her own unique style of Christmas tunes. It was delightful. What drew our attention the most, however, were the array of small airplanes that were parked nearby. Several of the smaller planes had windshield covers attached tightly to their frames. At the time I made a silly joke about flying blind, but that image has stuck with me.
Isaiah 42:16 HCSB
“I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.”
Naturally, flying with a heavy screen covering the windshield is not the optimal way to fly. When visibility isn’t clear, pilots will depend upon their instruments to stay in the air. Let me say that another way. The instruments take the place of their eyesight when the pilot is unable to see clearly. Pilots depend upon their instruments to stay in the right place, to keep them right side up and headed in the right direction.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit is the only option we should depend upon to keep us in the right place, right side up and headed in the right direction. It is when we don’t listen or choose to dismiss the urging of the Holy Spirit, that we walk around without direction, flying blind through life. Perhaps we have specific areas in our lives where we choose to keep our blinders on and firmly in place. When we seek God’s guidance for restoration to our own areas of spiritual blindness we will find ourselves flying free. We can depend upon the Holy Spirit to keep us in the right place, on the right path, right side up, and headed in the right direction. No flying blind when we stick with God, because He is helping us fly straight and strong, on the path that takes us on our life’s journey.