I must have told Mr.K that I was a LOW time student pilot at least 3 times. He was a flight instructor that happened to be dating my daughter, and that is how I knew him. I had only about 15-20 hours all of which had been training on how to fly by Visual Flight Rules using pilotage (navigating by finding land marks on the ground and matching them with those on aviation maps.)
It was just a beautiful morning. Smooth air, no chop, not a cloud in the sky . We were flying at about 140 Knots or 163 miles an hour. Incredibly fast for me. We made it in a little less than 2 hours and its a 5.5 hour drive. So for the complete trip we saved Mr. C 7hours of driving time. And time was the thing that Mr.C had the least of.
Mr.C showed us his beautiful race horse and introduced us to his trainer, we had a great time. Then it was time to fly back. I was flying left seat and Mr.K moved over to the right seat. As it turned out this guy was a jackbooted Nazi about flying. He was totally merciless and demanded precision. We took off and checked in with Jax center they gave us our squawk frequency and had us on radar. Mr.K did not want to look bad with the Air Traffic Controllers in Jacksonville.
So as I flew off course a couple of times, He blew a gasket!! after the second time, he blasted into my headset, “FLY THE BUG!!!!!!!!”
Even though I was strictly a Visual Flight Rules student, I knew what he meant. He wanted me to set my eyes on a small device attached to the magnetic compass that was locked on our heading. Now for a visual guy to lock onto instruments is not an easy adjustment. Not looking out in front for landmarks was a challenge.
Every time I looked out the windscreen he tersely repeated his demand! ‘FLY THE @#%#@ BUG!!!!!!!”
Jesus and His Words are unchanging truths they never vary, they never deviate from course. If we stay focused on the promises of Jesus regardless of the circumstances in our lives we will always be on our true course. Jesus said, “In this life you will find tribulation, but be of GOOD CHEER for I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33) There is not one circumstance in our lives that Jesus has not given us the answer to, and the power to overcome. He gave us His Power.
“NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”, (Hebrews 11:1) In plain English: Faith is living in this present moment, with JOYFUL EXPECTATION of the things we can not see but that Jesus has promised. “And without faith it is impossible to please God! For those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.