Your Life Simulator

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.5Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

Psalm 25:4-5a

  The pilot sat comfortably behind the controls of the airplane. Everything appeared to be normal and from all indications, this flight would be normal.

Suddenly, there was a flashing red light. There was then the sound of an alarm.  All of the gauges were showing that everything was good.  But then the airspeed gauge showed that the plane began to lose speed.  The pilot and the rest of the cockpit crew began going through their checklists.  Every gauge was reading normal except for the airspeed indicator.  According to that gauge, the airplane was losing speed, and losing it at an alarming rate.

The stall indicator blared in their ears. The pilot checked the flaps and pushed the throttles until they wouldn’t go anymore.  Then suddenly, everything went black.

When the lights came back on, the crew was scratching their heads, trying to figure out why they crashed. But the good news is, no one died.  The pilots were flying a simulator.

Wouldn’t it be good if we could “practice” how to deal with life’s problems by simulating them first? Then that mistake we made to drink too much one night we could simply say it really didn’t happen.  Then that bad financial investment we made we could simply say it was play money.  Then with that mistake we made in our marriage we could talk about how lucky we were that it wasn’t real. Then the wrong choice we made by allowing our child to go “hang out” with the wrong crowd we could take back and get another chance to make the right decision.

But life doesn’t work that way. We are stuck with the choices we make.  We hurt others, hurt ourselves, sometimes lose family members or lose friends as a result of our choices, and sometimes we lose what we work so hard to achieve and acquire.  We don’t get to practice those decisions to see how things will turn out. 

There is no simulator for life. But the Good News is we have our own “checklist” on how we are to live. It’s called the Bible.  And we have the world’s best teacher in Jesus.  And we also get a second chance to get it right.  God is the God of second chances.  Even when we “crash,” many times we get the chance to learn and get it right.

We don’t get the chance to practice our decisions before we make them like the pilots do in a flight simulator. What happens after our choices is the direct result of the decisions we make.  But through God’s grace and mercy, and because of His love for us, many times we get that second chance to get it right.  The more we read the “instruction manual” and go through the “checklists,” the easier it becomes to make the right decisions in life.  Jesus is the way, the truth , and the life.  If we follow Him, we will get it right – everytime.  

© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

November 1, 2014