If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.
When young, I remember riding in the back seat of our family car and occasionally catching other cars sporting bumper stickers that stated, “God is my co-pilot.” Initially, I thought it was a catchy and good slogan. However, as time went on, I realized the misguided intention of this phrase when I read another bumper sticker that read, “If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.”
I had forgotten about this phrase until recently when I started searching online on how to earn a pilot’s license. After browsing various sites and watching multiple videos, I realized that becoming a pilot takes a great deal of time and money. More importantly, the training involves balancing and considering various factors before, during, and after a flight. For example, a pilot must make calculations, plan, conduct inspections, do specific checks, and follow many other pre-flight procedures before taking off. When in the air, to remain in control of the aircraft, a pilot must stay vigilant and active, making sure everything is running accordingly.
Although most small commuter planes don’t require a co-pilot, such is usually not the case for larger aircraft. For example, a co-pilot may be required when an aircraft reaches a specific size or for a specific kind of flight. During these flights, a co-pilot provides support, an extra pair of eyes and hands, and they take over should the pilot be incapacitated. Yet, despite a co-pilot doing most of what the pilot can do, the pilot remains in charge.
Therefore, the idea of God being our co-pilot is misplaced. You see, life is a series of destinations and missions. God is always directing us from one place to another, and he is the most equipped and qualified to get us there. For this reason, if you’re the pilot and God is the co-pilot of your life, it’s time to switch seats.
Answer and Journal the Following
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
Pray for courage to be obedient to what God calls you to do.
Meditate / Memorize:
Contemplate and meditate on or memorize the passage. What is God saying to you? Then, determine what you will do with what you’ve learned.
Share what you’ve learned with someone else.