Edmund Gravely and his wife Janice were flying from the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport in North Carolina to Statesboro, Georgia. 61 year old Edmund was an experienced pilot.
At 15,000 feet Edmund Gravely DIED at the controls of his small plane, a Mooney M20.
Although Janice had flown with him many times, she did not know how to fly herself. Somehow, she managed to keep the plane in the air for two hours, until it ran out of fuel.
During that time she continually radioed for help. Several Air Traffic Controllers heard her screaming, “Help! Help! Won’t someone help me? My husband and pilot is dead.”
Although her messages were received, she never heard a reply. Why? Because she kept changing channels. She kept calling for help, but constantly changed channels, not waiting at any channel long enough for a response from a Controller.
When the plane ran out of fuel, Janice somehow managed to land the plane. It clipped a pine tree, shearing off the right wing, and made a ‘pancake’ landing, but there was no fire. Janice Gravely survived the crash. Although she had a broken pelvis, she managed to crawl for forty-five minutes to a farmhouse where she found help.
Too often we are like Janice Gravely.
This is an illustration of how we cry out to God for help,
but keep switching the channels before God’s message comes through!
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do in life,
especially during a time of crisis.
No one likes to wait, but the Scriptures often urge us to wait on the Lord and to wait patiently on the Lord.
We are happy to pray and seek His help,
but how often do we turn to other sources,
look for human guidance,
or try to work out just HOW God will answer our cry for help.
We are quick to make a commitment,
asking God to take over,
but are we equally quick to abandon it when we don’t get immediate results?
Philippians 4:6 says
“Let your requests be made known UNTO GOD” . . . just “unto God”
NOT unto anyone else . . . “unto God”
HE is the One who will work things out.
We just need to Let Go and Let God.
When we seek God’s intervention, we need to LEAVE it with Him
and Him ONLY and to STAY TUNED for the answer.
C H Spurgeon:
Because God is the LIVING God, He CAN hear.
Because He is a LOVING God, He WILL hear.
Because He is our COVENANT God, He has bound Himself to hear.
D M McIntyre:
Pray until you pray.
We LIE to God in prayer if we do not RELY on Him afterwards.