Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Girl and a Turbulent Plane Ride

Sister Peterson sent this story on and I wanted to share it with her friends and family.

It was part of a message from the Elders who work with the President of her mission. It is a sweet
description of how we should react during turbulent times in our own lives.


A friend, a man whose job required him to travel by plan almost weekly had been on a ling flight. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: "Fasten your seat belts." Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."

As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."

And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit u p the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next, it was dropped as if it were about to crash.

My friend confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "as I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm."

Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat. She was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again, the she would straighten her legs , but worry and fear were not in her world.

When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it was lurched this was and that, as it rose a fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid. My friend could hardly believe it.

It was not surprising there, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, my friend lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The Child replied - "Because my daddy is the pilot and he is taking me home!"

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