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“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.” (Psalm 18:30)

Hello again. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer, especially as we have a bit more freedom this year.

We had a helicopter flight on Sunday! I had bought this as one of Kev’s Christmas gifts, as he previously had a flight and loved it. I had turned down his generous invitation to accompany him on the last one but thought I should be brave and bite the bullet this time. I was quite nervous beforehand, giving me the excuse to indulge in a couple of glasses of wine but we had a delay of 45 minutes and, by the time we actually boarded, the anaesthetising effect of the alcohol had worn off!

“May Your unfailing love come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your promise.” (Psalm 119:41)

One of the reasons I was nervous is that I know that helicopters are not the safest mode of transport. I was also under the impression that it would be an open vehicle – probably from seeing them on television. The one we travelled in was nice and secure – all the windows closed up. During the pre-flight safety talk, we were advised that – unlike airplanes – there was nothing to prevent the doors being opened! We were urged not to touch the door handles and consequently my perverse nature wanted to touch the handle “just in case”! Needless to say, I resisted…😀

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

I had paid extra for Kev to sit in the front with the pilot so couldn’t even enjoy the comfort of holding his hand. Instead, I was in with two strangers and facing an empty seat. I quickly asked Jesus to occupy that seat, facing me. Obviously, I couldn’t see Him but felt confident He was there, and this soothed my nerves.

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word.” (Psalm 119:114)

In the event, I really enjoyed the experience. I felt quite safe and took great delight in peering out at the sheep and cows in the fields, which looked just like toys. It was quite similar to being on a plane but we obviously didn’t fly as high. I was actually quite disappointed when we turned back towards the airfield and would have liked a longer flight but that would have cost more. Maybe next time..

“For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light.” (Proverbs 6:23)

So, that’s two things I’ve done recently, which are new to me. I had a speed boat ride last month in Bridlington, and now the helicopter ride. I wonder what’s next?

View from the helicopter

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:31)

In Jesus’s day, the world seemed concrete, dependable and permanent. These days, many people fear its destruction by nuclear war. Jesus tells us, however, that even if the earth passes away, the truth of His words will never be changed or abolished. God and His word provide the only stability in an unstable world. How short-sighted it is to spend time learning about this temporary world and accumulating its possessions, while neglecting the Bible and its eternal truths!

“Blessed, rather, are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)

I had previously been rather anxious about the helicopter but went along for Kev’s sake. He frequently puts himself out for me so it has to work both ways. But, as a Christian, Jesus really is with you, wherever you go. In the past, I have said to Him so many times, “Come with me – don’t leave me.” I truly believe He won’t ever desert me.

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)

I hope you stay safe and well. I wish you a blessed and peaceful weekend.

Love, Ann

No Christ, no hope –Know Christ, know hope!

Kev in the cockpit