It was everyone’s nightmare. It was January 1982.

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.

Robert Leighton:
We LIE to God in prayer if we do not RELY on Him afterwards.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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26 Responses to WHAT A NIGHTMARE!

  1. Ron says:

    Great story of Gods protection and the lesson for us to make sure we dont cut the communication lines between ourselves and our Lord. We mightened land our plan on our own , I`m sure I“d crash.

    Thanks Angela


  2. Freedomborn says:

    What a wonderful message Angela giving encouragement and light, thank you my dear friend, yes indeed we are to wait on the Lord.

    Christian Love Anne


  3. Bird says:


    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award..

    — Bird


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  5. snowgood says:

    I can’t say I’m enamoured with flying, but I really did take the controls of a fast twin engined Mooney once. I think it’s true to say I prefer 4 wheels to two wings. Your story reminds me of one I heard recently where a similar thing happened….try;
    for an even more amazing story. What she learnt years before came to her aid many years later, the same could be said of hearing the Gospel and letting it lie dormant….make the call to a living God and see how he’s ready & able to help.


    • Thanks for the link to the Collins story.
      The thing that encourages me in the many years of childrens ministry is the fact that the Seed has been planted. Those children really did MEMORISE the Word (thoroughly memorise, along with questions, answers and applications) and it is still there, ready for the Holy Spirit to use as He wills.


  6. Debbie says:

    Oh Mentor Angela . . this couldn’t be put any better. Just this morning I heard a devotion on the radio about faith . ..what were we putting our faith in. If it was in money, our jobs, our spouse, children, our home, we are going to be let down. The only one that we should have faith in is Jesus. Then here I hear to pray in faith and wait, for He has heard and will answer. No need to go everywhere else asking. Just a great affirmation! Thank you! And I loved the quotes . . .and to hear someone else enjoyed Andrew Murray! God bless you as you wait on your amazing God!


    • Thanks Debbie. This was a lesson the Lord taught me many years ago. I was convinced I had left a problem in His hands, but He emphasized to me “unto God” and showed me that while I had committed it to Him, I was also trying to work out HOW He was going to fix it. Maybe He would get this person to do that and that person to do this etc. I was convicted and when I left it ENTIRELY with Him, the problem disappeared.

      What an amazing God!


  7. Todd Beal says:

    Your post hits me right between the eyes, Angela. Thank you.


  8. admin says:

    Thank you for sharing. It is so important to listen. God hears us the first time that we cry to him. When we still ourselves and know that he is God, his peace floods us. We hear his voice and get direction. We can come to a good landing without breaking a bone! :-D


  9. granbee says:

    Let us stay tuned to the channel of our request until we hear “that still, small voice”! It WILL come, just like it did for Jeremiah! I was living in Georgia raising our children in 1982 and clearly remember the news about this lady’s flying episode!


    • Yes, it WILL come because God is faithful and will ALWAYS honour His Word.

      I read a few newspaper articles about the Gravely crach landing. She was a Christian and was singing hymns and praying as she landed the plane.


  10. jelillie says:

    So good Angela! One of my favorite boopks in the last year was Andrew Murray’s devotional “Waiting On God” May I share this? There are many in my circle who would benefit from it.


  11. Rob Barkman says:

    We can never over estimate the importance of waiting upon the Lord. (Just as you say ESPECIALLY during times of great trial and stresses)

    Ps 27:13-14 (AKJV)
    13) I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
    14) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

    Thank you Angela for reminding us of this ever important truth!


    • Calling out to our Father SHOULD be our natural response, and waiting on Him should be our pleasure and a means to settle and gain strength. He has ALWAYS undertaken for us and we KNOW we can trust Him, no matter what the circumstances.
      Thanks for adding those pertinent Scriptures.

      We serve an amazing God who DELIGHTS to undertake for us.


  12. wdednh says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.


  13. thank you for sharing and reminding us that they that wait on the Lord will renew thier strength,…
    God Bless,


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