Mom on the Runway

Mom on the Runway

By Mark Hamby
My plan was to visit my mom just for the day, but the forecast didn’t look good. As a new pilot I cannot fly into the clouds, so the weather governs when and where I can fly. I made it there safely but there was only a small “window” to fly out. So my mom drove me to the grass run way where I usually land, in to in time for me to make me getaway.
I did a quick pre-flight inspection then taxied on the short grass runway. As I turned the plane for my run up, I couldn't believe my eyes! My mother was driving onto the runway, and there she parked the car—right in front of me! I waved for her to move, but she shook her head in defiance! I looked at the clouds, which were moving in quickly, and knew that if she didn't move immediately, I would miss my open window. Well, there was nothing moving her. I missed my window and was stuck for five days.
Was I upset? Not at all. I recognized that my mom’s actions were all a part of God's great sovereign design and plan. In fact, we had quite a laugh over the whole episode. I later learned that the cloud cover that would have been in my flight path had lowered to 100 feet, and the visibility was zero—for five days! Instead of a possible crash landing, I enjoyed my mother’s cooking, while she enjoyed my company.
And that’s when these selected verses in Psalm 143 began to mean so much to me: “Make me know the way I should go…Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” Sometimes, roadblocks are God’s messengers of safety…and sometimes they come in the form of your mother!
Written by Mark Hamby, founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries. For more information on Lamplighter’s popular collection of inspiring, biblically based, character-building literature, or the new dramatic audio’s from Lamplighter Theatre, please visit our website at www.lamplighter.net or call toll free 1-888-246-7735.