Let God guide you through these times

Daniel Shillingford, Assistant Pastor, City Gates Church

Daniel Shillingford on the relevance of Jim Lovell - Credit: City Gates Church

If you could describe 2020 in one word, what would you say? I would say “unprecedented”. 
It is so easy to absorb all the negative and devastating news we hear, but the life of Jim Lovell provides us with another perspective.
One evening in 1953, as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean, Lovell, a military pilot with the USA Navy, was suddenly confronted with a life and death decision. 
The startling truth was that the instruments on
his plane were malfunctioning. 
Lovell realised that if he didn’t bring the plane in for a safe landing on the USS Shangri-La, he might end up at the bottom of the
sea.
Desperate for options, he looked around at his surroundings and noticed a faint glow shimmering in the darkening water. It was the phosphorescent glow of planktonic algae that lived in the Pacific. 
The USS Shangri-La’s propeller had stirred up the algae, leaving a stream of bioluminescence in its wake. 
This was all Lovell needed – he held his
plane steady and brought it in for a safe landing on the deck. 
This landing would prepare him for the Apollo 13 mission, that would change his life.
This illustration brings things into sharp focus. Lovell had to rely on his instincts and nature. 
In the Bible, Philippians 4:7 says “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will
guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus”. 
I would like to encourage you to go with God’s guidance. 

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