I jolted awake as the plane lurched up, down, left, right. While the flight attendants rushed to their seats and buckled in, a voice came over the speaker. “The captain has indicated that we will experience severe turbulence. Please buckle your seat belts.”
Although I consider myself a seasoned air traveler, I gripped the armrests. We were thousands of feet above Mississippi, and the plane was bumping along like a lawnmower in a potato field.
I heard the ding of a call light followed by the same voice on the speaker. “The flight attendants have been asked to stay seated. Please turn off your light unless this is an extreme emergency.”
“That’s it,” I thought. “We are going down. Here I come Jesus!”
Of course, the plane safely landed in Texas a few hours later. But let me tell you, those jostled moments on the flight were terrifying.
I couldn’t help but feel like Jesus’ disciples on a boat in the stormy Sea of Galilee. As they were tossed to and fro, they cried out to Jesus for help. “Save us,” they said. “We are going to drown!”
Jesus’ answer was one of authority. With just His words, He calmed the storm.
The incarnate Christ did not sit next to me on the turbulent flight to Texas, and He did not calm the storm. Yet, He delivered peace. As Scott Krippayne would say,
Sometimes he calms the storm, and other times, He calms His child.
10 Verses For When You Are Fearful
1. Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
2. Isaiah 41:10
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
3. Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
4. Psalm 66:9
He has kept our soul among the living
and has not let our feet slip.
5. Isaiah 43:1
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
6. 2 Timothy 1:7
7. I John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
8. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
9. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
10. Psalm 56:3