Thursday, 23 September 2021

M Michele's Musings

Helicopters, Hazy Fogs and Ditches

The other day I was driving along in my car and, as usual, I was looking all around me to see the beauty of God’s creation.  I noticed that for the most part the sky was beautiful and bright blue, but as I turned to drive in a northward direction I noticed that not far in front of me there was a fog like haze high in the sky.  As I continued to observe I saw a helicopter flying in a southwest direction right toward that fog like haze.  I continued to keep my attention on the helicopter as it silently slipped from my view into that hazy fog like cloud to be completely hidden from view.  By this time I had almost reached the end of the road where I needed to turn and I barely had time to see the helicopter come free of the hazy cloud and fly back into the beautiful expanse of bright blue sky again.  Sometimes the smallest of things just amaze me and of course I was just amazed at this.

The gears of my mind were turning and I thought about the fact that there have been times when driving in fog I haven’t been able to see anything more than two feet in front of me.  I have even been in a small mishap in my life due to stopped cars in front of me on a foggy morning and I ended up in a ditch to avoid a collision.  Yet this helicopter was flying right into a thick cloud of fog to be completely hidden from view.  If I couldn’t see him I knew he couldn’t see anything.  Of course, I know this helicopter had the ability to navigate through this small foggy cloud as well as the ability to fly through any vast expanse of darkened clouds because of the radar equipment within its design.  Though the helicopter pilot could not see where he was going, his trusty equipment was guiding him through to come out safely on the other side.  He also has a “relationship” with ground control personnel that relay to him information vital to his safety and his passengers’ safety.

I thought about how this applies to our own lives.  Sometimes in life we are just going along, happy go lucky, seemingly without a care in life and then out of nowhere comes that “hazy like fog” or that “huge dark cloud” that can’t be avoided.  We walk right into a dark period of time where we can’t seem to find our way and nothing seems to make sense.  A period of time where we seem to be lost in the circumstances of life and those circumstances envelope our hearts with fear, turmoil, hurt and pain.  There are also times in life, like when I ended up in a ditch that one foggy morning, that circumstances of life can throw us into a “ditch.”   Sometimes we even end up in a full blown “collision” that leaves our life tossed and broken.

I was overwhelmed with the thought that when I put God in control of my life, though I “fly” into those “foggy and dark times,” God guides and keeps me.  He is my radar so to speak.  He directs my path though I can’t see the end in sight.  He gives me the peace that calms my heart during those times.  And though I would end up in a “ditch” or worse a “collision” I have an assurance that God is with me and in control of my situation.  He has allowed these things to come in my life and He will keep me in them as I trust Him.  Just like a helicopter pilot has a relationship with ground control, I need a relationship with God so that I can have “heaven” control.  That relationship between the helicopter driver and ground control is absolutely vital and a relationship between us and God is absolutely vital in our lives.

I thought about God’s sovereign keeping power even if we should end up in the ditches of life.  On the morning that I ended up in the ditch the fog was so great that I couldn’t see more than two to three feet in front of me.  I didn’t see the white car in front of me stopped behind a school bus until I was right there.  I slammed on the brakes and though I wasn’t going very fast the road was slippery from the dew of the fog and I began to fishtail all over the road.  I am still amazed that I did not hit anything or anyone.  Though I found myself in a ditch I was completely unharmed… a little shook up perhaps, but unharmed.  My car was unharmed as well.  Then just moments after the mishap a nice old man came and pulled me out before the police even got there so I didn’t get a ticket either.  I thought about this in connection with our lives.  Life has a way of doing that.  We can’t see what lies ahead of us and we try to put on our brakes to gain control of a situation but we find ourselves skidding on the slippery path we have been driving on only to find ourselves in a ditch.  The road we find ourselves on can be a road that we have made due to our own choices or it can made by the choices that others have made that have affected our lives.  Either way, we sometimes end up in the ditch of life, broken, hurting and in turmoil.  However, just like that nice man was there to pull me out, God is right there reaching out to us.  He extends His hand to help us get up from the places that life has thrown us down, if we will just turn to Him.

Questions that we can ask ourselves fill my mind: “Do I have that vital connection with God as ground control has with the helicopter pilot?”  “Is God really in control of my life?”  “Is His ‘radar system,’ the Holy Spirit, working in my life?” “Am I allowing Him, His Holy Spirit, to direct me?”  If the answer is yes to these questions than though those foggy and dark times come in our lives God will direct you through them and He will give you peace in the midst of them.  If the answer is no to those questions you can change that today.  Just go to Him in prayer and ask Him to begin to work in your life.  There are times where you may end up in a “ditch” or “collision” but God will be with you and He is faithful to you.  God gives his promise in Romans 8:28-29.  He causes all things to work together for good, to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose… that we might be made more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Often times it is the enemy of our soul, Satan, that tries to make the path ahead of us difficult but even then God is in control and He allows it for a divine purpose in our lives.  Just as Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”  God has a divine purpose in your life and He desires to direct you through life in the good times and the bad so that He can shine through your life and bring others the message of hope, encouragement and salvation.

Will you allow His “heaven control” in your life?  Will you let Him direct you with His perfect “radar system” the Holy Spirit?  Surely those dark and foggy times will come as they are unavoidable, but will you let Him guide you and lead you through them?  He is always there for us no matter what lies ahead of us or even behind us.  He wants a relationship with us that will carry us through anything that life wants to dish out.  He is forever faithful to us and He loves us with an everlasting love.

Love in Christ, Michele 

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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