And, Lo, I Am With You Always

I have a fear of flying. Since my husband is a private pilot, and we own a plane, you would think that I could get over that fear. I understand the statistics and realize that flying is the safest mode of transportation, or at least that is what my husband tells me. But, when the plane motor revs up, my stomach starts doing flip-flops, and my heart races.

I remember years ago, Joe was talking to our preacher about going somewhere, and he told the preacher that he could quickly fly them there. Mike, our preacher, said, “I don’t know about that, Joe, the Lord says LOW (actually lo) I am with you always. He didn’t say anything about being in the air.” As you can see, our preacher was a jokester, but his comment has stayed with me all these years.

Matthew 28:20

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

It never fails; as I board a plane, I will say to myself, “And, Lo, I am with you always.” I just returned from a work trip to Miami, and not only was I flying, I was flying by myself. Usually, I have Joe or a friend going with me, but this time I was alone.

In my mind, I was all set to be afraid. I figured that as the time got closer, my nerves would start to get worse. But, the morning I was set to leave, I was calm and not a bit nervous. Joe dropped me off at the airport, gave me a kiss goodbye, and drove away as I went to check-in. Still, there were no nerves.

Going through security was a breeze, but right before we were set to board the plane, they announced there was something wrong with the original plane and we would be boarding at a different gate. The original plane had the tunnel thing already attached to it, so we had to walk out on the tarmac in the pouring rain. Still, there were no nerves at all.

Once we were loaded and ready for takeoff, the captain announced that we would be delayed because of bad weather in Charlotte. He also announced that the seat belt sign would not be turned off for the entire flight because we would be having a lot of turbulence. Still, there were no nerves.

I looked out the window as the sun started to rise and was filled with awe at the magnificent view. I knew that I wasn’t in control, and that the one who was in control was also the one who spoke the sun into existence.

As we took off, it was a little bumpy, especially as we started to break through the clouds. I just kept looking through the window at the beauty all around me. The clouds that looked like I could walk on them, and how tiny everything looked beneath me. For some reason, I turned my head around to look over my shoulder, and I almost laughed out loud.

Sometimes the Lord can be a little showy! Lol! I felt like He was giving me a sign that He was there with me. We can all take comfort in the fact that no matter what happens, Jesus is with us. He is our constant companion, our guide, and our strength.

We will all face challenges, temptations, and difficulties in our lives. But with Jesus by our side, we can overcome anything. As it says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

As we go about our everyday lives, we need to remember the promise of Jesus to be with us always. I may not be cured of my fear of flying, but I know where I can put my trust. It is through His strength that we can face whatever challenges that may come out way.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Alex Alonso says:

    AMEN, AMEN and a big AMEN to that. Thanks for the reminder….HE is in control!!!!!!!!

  2. Yes, to God be the Glory.
    Thank you for that beautiful thought.

  3. MaryCarol says:

    This is my favorite of all your posts. I need to remember that God is in control.

  4. Love this post. Thank you so much! I needed this today.

  5. Beautiful! Thx for sharing!

  6. Melissa Palmer says:

    That was an absolutely wonderful story! The rainbow really made me smile.

  7. This struck me as kind of perfect timing. I am also afraid of flying. Yesterday my husband and I were on short flight of about 90 minutes or so. He is normally asleep before we hit the runway and I’m trying to convince myself it will be fine. Yesterday, I was silently saying to myself “You’re not in control, there’s nothing you can do” over and over. The flight was pretty calm with little turbulence and we all arrived safe and sound. Those words really did help. Thank you Lord!

  8. Thanks for the reminder that God is with us always!💕
    I sometimes forget this wonderful message.

  9. Sharla Broussard says:

    I too am fearful of flying. Thanks for the reminder that God is in control.

  10. Love this so much.

    Thank you!

  11. Love love love this! Our Lord is so gracious to us and is concerned about every detail of our lives. He so tenderly cared for you with the beautiful rainbow to remind you He is in control and everything will be alright. Although we cannot physically see Him, He is there all the time and touches us in many ways. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Cathy Alves says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message that Our Lord is in Control. I needed to see this today.
    Cathy A

  13. Cathy Alves says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message that Our Lord is in Control.

  14. Thank you for the reminder that God is in control and we have to remain Faithful and Trust Him in all things!❤️

  15. Jacklin McAtee says:

    I love your Sunday posts and all of your other posts!

  16. MaryCarol says:

    This is your most beautiful post and I really needed to see this today. Thank you Tania. ❤️

  17. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational message!

  18. Beautiful post, thank you. When feeling this way I remember to pray Psalm 91. It is a wonderful reassurance that our God is in control and our protection.

  19. Marilyn Byrnside says:

    LOW, I am with you always. Love it!😂

  20. This post is a great reminder that we are not in control. I will share it with my family members who have flying anxieties.

  21. Tania, this was a beautiful reminder of Who is in control, love Phil. 4:13.

  22. A beautiful illustration of truth and gorgeous photos!

  23. Amen!! He gets us through all life has to give us❤️

  24. Cynthia Romine says:

    Hi Tanya, 5 weeks ago I had back surgery. 4 1/2 hrs but ended up being 6. I prayed on my way in. I had an out of body experience. I was looking down on myself and 2 people at the foot of my bed. I saw a circle of light come out at my feet and flew up to my head and around my bed really fast. it was utter peacefulness and love. The circle then flew to the left really fast. I heard womens voices that said “Cynthia you can’t stay, you have to go back.” They said this 5 times and the circle of light returned very slowly and moved around my head and came slowly down the the right side of my bed and reentered at my feet. I didn’t want to come back. I felt no pain and I didn’t have this worn out body. I could move fast. I’m not sure where I went but it must have been awesome cause I wanted to stay. I’m pray everyday. I know I’m going home to be with the Lord one day, but he has a plan for me here.

  25. Congrats on your successful flight! Love your Sunday positive messages.

  26. Just beautiful! Love your Sunday posts and how they relate to all of us in some small but mighty way.

  27. Thank you for your post. I am also afraid of flying. I live in Ohio. My son relocated to Tampa. I will be flying alone to Tampa. I will keep your post to hopefully calm me. God is amazing.

  28. Love the pictures! The Lord is fun, isn’t He.

  29. I so appreciate your Sunday posts. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Loved this post Tania. Thank you for this sweet reminder that God is always with us to help us face our challenges.

  31. Jacque Abell says:

    Thank you for that beautiful reminder. God bless.

  32. I needed to hear this! God has been teaching me that through Him, we can be lifted above any clouds of trouble!

  33. Ginger Hiller says:

    WOW! A double rainbow was there to reassure and remind you that God had everything under control. I am a control freak which really isn’t a good thing. But over the past few years I have been working hard to Let Go And Let God, and I have made some progress. Thanks for sharing your fear of flying with us.

  34. Thank you, Tanya. We humans need to be reminded that we are not in control, (and we can all be thankful for that!)

  35. connie klappenbach says:

    Love your Sunday posts. Your faith in God is refreshing. God Bless you and yours.

  36. So true! Excellent post.

  37. Amen Tania! He is always with us! Thank you for a beautiful post to start my Sunday!

  38. Rachel Dutter says:

    Thank you for speaking truth and proclaiming Christ!

  39. God is so good!
    As flight attendant I learned years ago
    God walks on clouds!!!
    He always has us by the palm of his right hand:)
    Hv a blessed day!

  40. Jenniffer Groski says:

    AMEN!! God is always in control and what a blessing He was to give you His strength to overcome your fears.

  41. A beautiful story, Tania! Thank you for sharing as always.🌈

  42. Amen, Sister Tania! Wonderful post! thank you for sharing…. have a blessed Sunday.

  43. Amen, Sister Tania! Wonderful post! thank you for sharing…. have a blessed Sunday.

  44. Beautiful message; thank you. Have a blessed day!

  45. Thank you for the encouraging message….I also have this anxiety.
    A great reminder that God is with us.

  46. Laura Gray says:

    Amen! What a wonderful post!

  47. Two years ago I was to fly to Florida for my nephew’s wedding. I hadn’t seen him or the rest of the family in a long time. My boss had gifted me the tickets. I have terrible anxiety about flying. Terrible. The night before my flight I couldn’t sleep. Kept telling myself I just couldn’t do it. Was prepared to pay for the tickets and stay home. Got on Facebook and looked at a post from a local news woman that I follow. She began with “yes, you can”. And then Philippians 4:13. It was all the encouragement I needed. My trip was awesome!

  48. What a beautiful post! The double rainbow, definitely a sign that God was watching over you! ✝️

  49. Carmen Cancel says:

    Good morning Tania and thank you for your reminder of one of Gods promises over our lives. Much needed reminder at a perfect time!
    Have a blessed day!
    Carmen Cancel

  50. I have the same fear. I have to pray for peace and remind myself that HE is in control. Thank you for sharing this.

  51. Claire Sundberg says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder that God is with me even in my fears. I know that He doesn’t always take our fears away but he promises he will always be with us. Sharing your fears and how God was with you encourages me!!!
    Thank you

  52. Love love your Sunday messages. They are like sitting with a friend and having a visit discussing our faith. I too am a panic flyer and I know all the reasons why. But I do fly everywhere – with children and grand children on opposite gusts from me here in Texas, it is the only viable way. And who doesn’t live vacations in far away places? God is with us and I think I will borrow your verse when I board now.

  53. Thank you for the story! We all need reminders that He is always there! I don’t think it was an accident that I came across your site. I read your verse everyday…thank you so much!

  54. I am also afraid of flying. I know God controls all things, but I still have a fear of flying. I remind myself that He carries me on eagles wings. Thanks for sharing!

  55. Dana Smithmier says:

    Im also afraid of flying-my faith is the only way i can get through it🙏

  56. What a wonderful post! I just love it when God shows off too. This is when I step aside and give him all the credit. Have a magnificent day.

  57. Beautiful message that I can really relate to. I’m afraid of flying to and it’s always a challenge for me. Thanks! God is in control and I will trust Him! To God be the glory!

  58. Beautiful! Love when God is a little showy!

  59. I am terrified of flying but reading this gives me a new perspective on flying. Thanks for such a wonderful post.

  60. Sharon McGuigan says:

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring experience.
    This was my devotion today.

  61. Loved this word so much! ❤️

  62. Laurie Yeandel says:

    Tania, Thank you for sharing and reminding us to trust in the Lord. Peace to all.

  63. I recently had the same experience when going into surgery, I was at peace I was not nervous or afraid. I knew my Lord and Savior was in control. To God be the glory!

  64. Awww…Tania, beautifully written and so comforting. My favorite picture is the double rainbow 🌈 🌈. When I see two rainbows together
    I think of “God’s Double Portions”. Enjoy your SONday.

  65. Connie r. says:

    Yes God is with us. My dad was a private pilot and owner of a Cessna so I understand the fears. I think part of it stems from no control and we do like to be in control. So glad you turned it over to god and enjoyed your flight.

  66. Seeing the rainbows would definitely be a sign to me too, that everything is going to be ok. I haven’t flown on a plane since 2005, so I would probably have very high anxiety about it if I had to get on one now.

  67. Gail Fickle says:

    Amen, and I’m so thankful HE is in control. Have a blessed day 😀