Yesterday a Northwest Airlines A320 flying from San Diego to Minneapolis with more than 100 passengers on board overflew the runway – by 150 miles! According to the first official reports the pilots “lost situational awareness.” I’ll say. Rumors are flying explaining the lapse as everything from a heated argument that distracted them to the more likely explanation that both pilot and co-pilot took a long winter’s nap. Whatever the reasons, the fact remains a spooky situation.
Truth is, I’ve had experience losing “situational awareness.” The world is complicated and I’ve both argued and slept my way through my own assigned responsibilities. When I’m weary or irritable or both or more I’m prone to zone out and fly right by my target. This is why in days of stress and tension I MUST walk in a zone of prayer. God, my true auto-pilot can keep me and get them where I need to be!
“God, keep me focused today on the things that need my attention. Keep me in a state of peace and alert awareness. And then you take care of the rest!”
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