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How limited visibility elevates faith —

By Becca Haines

It wasn’t my finest moment of faith, but I made sure to learn from it.

It was our first Thanksgiving as a married couple and my husband, Chris, and I were flying from Joplin, Missouri, to Nashville, Tennessee, to visit his family.

Chris is a second-generation pilot and was able to borrow a friend’s Piper Dakota for us to use that weekend. 


I’m usually a calm flyer … when I can see out of the plane.


The fog was so thick – for the entire three-hour flight – we didn’t see the ground until six minutes before our tires touched the runway. I blamed my panic on a mild case of claustrophobia and not doubt in his abilities, but as my heart pounded I asked my new husband, “How are you landing the plane when you can’t see anything?”


With a coy smile you often get from pilots, he said, “You have to trust your instruments.”


The truth is he didn’t need to see out of the plane at all to land. All he had to do was trust the instrument panel, and rest assured that we were going to be just fine.


I didn’t like it.


I didn’t like the limited visibility. It scared me.


The more I thought about the experience, though, isn’t that the way the Holy Spirit works?


We constantly live in a state of limited visibility, and our only hope is in Jesus – who works in wonders beyond our recognition or sight.


I know the next time I feel trapped – and wishing I could see everything in the divine design – I will cling to the Holy Spirit and trust He’ll land me safely on the ground.


Becca Haines is a communications coordinator for Christ In Youth.