Typically, a copilot is the back up to the pilot. The co-pilot would know everything the pilot knows and able to take over if needed. Recently, I had the opportunity to be a co-pilot. It has given me a new perspective.

As copilot on this flight toward Mt. Denali, I looked out the window in awe and wonder. I never touched any of the controls. I watched the pilot make adjustments to our flight. I noticed a GPS that showed the mountains without the clouds. That was comforting as we were flying between the mountains to get a close up view of the glaciers.

There were handles for steering right in front of me along with many other switches within reach. Not once did the pilot instruct me on what to do or not to do while in that seat. I could have caused some serious problems. Then I started thinking about all of the times I try to take “control” of my life, and the many times I have had to stop to surrender my will to God – again.

Choosing to be a copilot reminded me of the beauty in letting God be the pilot. It goes far beyond the scenery. Leaning into God’s voice and following His direction brings peace to stressful decisions. It brings comfort when facing obstacles and clarity in the fog.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all. (Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG).

I can waste a lot time and energy “fixing” things in life when trusting God first would be much easier. It doesn’t guarantee a pain free life. It does let me find peace, comfort, and thankfulness as I journey through the pain. God does make my paths straight. I plan to stay firmly planted in the copilot seat.

Are you able to trust God? Are you able to lean into His voice? Are you willing to let Him make your paths straight? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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