Flying Upside Down

for Sunday, October 14, 2012
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23
lectionary focus: Job 23:1-9, 16-17 (specifically 23:8-9)

When I was a kid, my preacher, Scott McClure, preached a sermon about his time as a pilot in the service. When he learned to fly, he was sent out with these instructions: When you fly at night and all is dark, trust the gauges on your plane.
Well, sure enough, Scott found himself flying one night and it was very dark. No moonlight, no starlight, no lights from the cities below. In all of that dark, not being able to see anything, all alone, Scott said that he felt like his right wing was just a little low, so he pulled it up. But still he felt like it was a little low, so he pulled it up some more. And it still wasn’t right, so he pulled it up some more. Then he felt like his seat belts were really tight. So he finally looked at the gauges on his plane…and you guessed it, he had pulled up his right wing so much, he had flipped the plane over and he was flying upside down!

In our Bible story today, we hear from the man Job. Job is covered up in problems. He has so many problems that all he sees is darkness. And in this darkness, Job feels alone…like the darkness is hiding God. But Job has faith that God is with him. Job trusts God. Job is going through a dark, difficult time, but he is going THROUGH it WITH God. Job knows that God is in control and we will not get stuck upside down in the dark.

Some times, we have problems. But do not be tricked by the darkness. Trust in the Lord. God is in front of you; God is behind you; God is beside you; God is with you. Always. Even in the darkness and in the dark.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for being with me
in the light of good times
and in the dark of bad times.
Help me
to have faith in You
and trust Your way.
Amen

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2 responses to “Flying Upside Down

  1. Great children’s sermon! Thanks for the image!

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