The LORD is near
Acts 23:11 “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
A small plane was flying near Cleveland, Ohio.
“Cleveland Centre, this is 346 Alpha Charley. I’m at 10,500. I’m in the clouds … not instrument rated. Would like radar vectors. Out.”
“Six Alpha Charley, Cleveland. Roger. Understand you are not instrument rated. Set transponder code 4582 for radar identification. What is your heading now, sir?”
“Six Alpha Charley is heading 250 degrees. Say again code. It’s rough. I’m getting disorientated … I can’t see the ground!”
“Six Alpha Charley, Cleveland. Set code 4582. Concentrate on your altitude indicator, sir. Keep wings level and reduce power to start slow descent. Will have you on radar contact.”
“I’m losing control … losing it … turning … I’m going to spin! … I’m spinning! … which way!! Help! Help!”
“Six Alpha Charley, release your controls, sir! Look at your altitude indicator. Opposite rudder, opposite rudder …”
“Help! Help! I can’t stop …”
“Six Alpha Charley, Six Alpha Charley, do you read?” (Silence)
“Radar contact is lost.”
The above was based on a recorded conversation between a control tower and a small plane which crashed killing the pilot. The investigation of this crash revealed that nothing was wrong with the flight instruments on N346 Alpha Charley.
Many will wake today feeling they have been ripped apart. They will feel like this pilot must have felt, spinning to the ground, out of control, not able to ‘pull himself together’.
They will not realise that it actually is not as bad as they feel. To suggest anything else is an offence. But that is the truth, why? The Lord is near!
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the broken-hearted AND saves those who are crushed in spirit.
That night Paul locked in his prison cell not knowing what will happen next is visited by the Lord. Was this another vision or a dream? What is most important is Paul received words of encouragement. He is still within the purposes of His God. He was not out of control. God was in charge. He was on track.
It really doesn’t matter what has happened to those who love the Lord, knowing they are still in His purpose, that He is still in control encourages like nothing else.
It may be night-time. You are waiting whilst everyone is sleeping. You are reflecting whilst everyone is dreaming. You are looking back on yesterday and not focusing on your tomorrow. He is the Lord of the night-time. Psalm 139:11-12 “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Be encouraged. Be strengthened. Not on your own strength. But in the knowledge that He has not left you. But He is right here. Now. In your NOW moment. What you need to hear is this? “I am near you. You will go forward, you will accomplish MY purposes for your life. This is not the end for you. There is more.”