Setting: Before 9-11 on a transcontinental flight, back when the children got to talk to the pilot and get a set of wings of their very own.
“What happens if that stick breaks?”, Jimmy asked as he peered at the myriad of levers before him.
“You lose control of the plane.”, the pilot explained as he checked one of the gauges on his console, turning the flashing light off.
“Oh.”, Jimmy looked puzzled.
“What if someone sorta accidently touches that thing?”. Jimmy pointed at the engine thruster switch.
“You lose control of the plane.”, the pilot said.
“Oh. What about if I turned this thing, just a little?”, Jimmy asked looking at one of the navigational controls.
“You lose control of the plane.”, the pilot said, grinning. He handed Jimmy a gold toned set of wings, complete with the company logo emblazoned in its center.
“Oh.” Jimmy inspected the wings, front and back.
The question and answer period continued another few minutes before Jimmy decided to leave the cockpit. He walked back down the aisle, plopped down in his seat, sighed, and told his mother that he didn’t want to fly ever again.
“Why is that?”, she asked, putting down her magazine.
“‘Cause everything you touch makes you lose control of the plane.”
“Why do you say that?”, said his mother.
“Well, the pilot said so.”
“If that’s so, then how does he fly the plane?”, she asked.
“I dunno.”, Jimmy replied as he watched the clouds float by outside the window.
Jimmy’s mother smiled, thinking that the children in her Sunday school class had asked pretty much the same questions this past week trying to understand how God controls creation. Things break, get accidently messed up, or twisted the wrong way on purpose, but creation keeps going. He keeps it going. “He and the pilot must have some secrets they haven’t been told us.”, she thought as she returned to her magazine.
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