When we hit turbulence during a flight, I am a candidate for the “Chicken of the Air” award. I do not like being tossed around like a potato chip in a windstorm. But I’ve found a verse in the Bible that helps me a lot. It’s this: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27). There’s something about picturing God’s big arms underneath that bouncing plane that calms me. No matter how far it drops, underneath are God’s everlasting arms holding the plane as a father holds his newborn child.
Although air travel was several thousand years in the future when he wrote these words, David tells us in Psalm 139 that there is no place we can go that we will not find God there already. He writes, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:8-10).
Maybe for you it’s not plane travel that makes you feel insecure. Maybe your job is shaky. Or maybe you dread going to the doctor because every time you go, he seems to find something wrong with you that you didn’t even know about. Or perhaps it’s your marriage that is shaky.
Listen to these verses and see if they don’t speak encouragement to you. David said, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:3, 5).
But if that’s too much to recall, then just remember this one promise: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).