As the pilot of a
comfortable twin-engine airplane in the Republic of Vietnam I pretty
much had it made, at least while in the air.
We flew at altitudes that were usually
safe from enemy fire.
One day while flying at 9,000 feet
over the mountains I was already bored with the routine flight.
My copilot was a guy named Dave.
He and I often joked about the old
saying, “Flying is hours and hours of boredom, punctuated by moments
of stark terror.”
Just as I finished my first cup of
coffee our moment of terror
happened; the Fire Warning Alarm sounded!
STARTLED is not a strong enough word
to describe our reaction in the cockpit.
The loud warning horn and the flashing
red lights indicated a fire in the left engine.
The temperature gage and a visual
check of the engine through the window showed no signs of a fire but
there was too much at stake to ignore the warning.
Dave switched the radar transponder to
the emergency position while I radioed the situation to the radar
controller and requested emergency landing at the nearest airfield.
As it turned out the warning system
had failed due to a bad wire and there was no actual fire in the
Regardless, I did the right thing.
You can’t take chances when lives are
I often encounter people who take all kinds of risks in their lives,
even when the warnings are very evident. Divorce
rates are higher for 2nd, 3rd and 4th
marriages, yet many divorced people jump into another marriage
before they’ve even begun to heal from the previous one. My
counseling has shown that the divorce rates for those over 60 years
of age are on the rise in the U.S.
Yet, many older adults think they will be an exception to the
statistics, only to crash and burn in their new
relationships. Some still in
careers will use immoral or illegal methods to get ahead, only to be
discovered and lose the reputation they spent years building. I
admire people who heed warning signs in their lives and take action
to ensure their safety. I
appreciate their use of good spiritual judgment by listening to
God’s warning system and deciding to ask Him for guidance. We
find in Matthew 24:42, Acts 21:3-4, 1 Timothy 4:1-6 and Jude 3-4
different warnings God gave to His people to help protect them. What
He gave then, applies NOW!
Common Sense Application
When faced with an inner warning that you are in
violation of God’s will for your life you should,
Pray, spend more quality time with God
and listen to His guidance.
Ask a trusted Christian friend to be
your accountability partner to help you analyze the warning sign you
Recommit yourself to see and hear the
warnings God places in your life.
Use the good spiritual common sense
God gave you to run from temptation!
5. When you do heed
the warning sign, and survive, thank God for His goodness and share
your success with someone else who is struggling or who needs