Article of the Month

MY  “PILOT  TRUCK”!

Jay Graham

Often when you are driving through a construction zone a Pilot truck is provided for you to follow as you traverse through the zone.  Such a vehicle usually helps traffic when you have a single lane in both directions and traffic can only go in one direction at a time.

Recently, as I was driving home from a trip to the Midwest, I was in some extremely thick fog while driving west through Texas.  The fog was so bad I had to drive well below the posted speed limit.  My sight was limited to probably 30 to 40 feet, and I had to take special care as I looked ahead for slower vehicles that might surprise me unexpectedly.  I had my headlights, fog lights and emergency blinkers on to help other drivers spot me.  As I was driving along I was passed by a bright red pickup truck who also had blinkers flashing.  He was traveling at a faster speed but still well below the posted limit.

I decided to match his speed and follow him.  Because it was bright red with lights flashing I was able to follow him at about 100 feet distance.  Not only was I able to see him at a further distance I also could depend upon him to spot vehicles further in front of him.  Several times I was able to notice vehicles ahead of him by my monitoring his actions that I would have never seen without him.  As he moved to pass slower vehicles I easily did the same much more safely then if I had not have him in front to follow.

The spiritual lesson is obvious.  We have a “Pilot” ahead of us.  Just as the pickup truck saw objects well before I could see them because he had already traveled the route, my “Pilot” precedes me.  He has been there before.  He can see dangers ahead that I cannot see without his assistance because he has pioneered before me.  Can you guess who my “Pilot” is?  He is Jesus the Christ.

As I was following the bright red pickup I felt much more confident of my path.  I depended upon it to warn me of dangers in plenty of time.  Jesus warns us of dangers in our path long before we can even see them.  But He only help us when we are following Him.  When our eyes are upon Him and His path.

“Jesus, Savior, pilot me, Over life’s tempestuous sea; Unknown waves before me roll, Hiding rock and treacherous shoal. Chart and compass come from Thee; Savior, pilot me.”