Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Flight
Yetziyas Mitzrayim taught us to trust completely in Hashem. "Lech Tech Acharai Bamidbar... Follow me into the wilderness". Duvid Chaim, moderator of the 12-Step phone conference, wrote this cute parable to help us internalize the trust we need to have in letting Hashem run our lives.
When you board a jet, if you turn left you go into the Cockpit. If you turn right, you go to your assigned seat.
Everyday, we're faced with this choice. And as addicts, we often refuse to go to our assigned seats. Maybe we're jealous; we think that other guy got a better seat. We don't like the snacks. Maybe we don't have the view out the window that we want. Oy vey, do I have to sit between those two big fat passengers? I can barely breath. They're taking all my oxygen. That makes me resentful, irritable and discontent.
Hey, what was that I just felt?! Am I going through some more turbulence? I'm scared that the wings are going to fall off the plane. And what's that light above my head that tells me to fasten my seat belt? You think I'm going to follow someone else's instructions? I'll show them. I'll just sit here and hang on tight while my knuckles turn white.
Quick, someone get me the airsickness bag. I think I'm going to throw up!!
Hey, let me out of my chair! I'm going up to the cockpit right now and taking over as the Pilot of this plane! Surely, I'll do a better job of flying this plane by myself. Just don't ask me where I'm flying to or where or how to land. I'll worry about that later.
Does this sound like a scene out of the Twilight Zone, or a scene out of your life???!!
Unfortunately, this Simple but not Easy Program (the 12-Steps) is telling me to sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. And to leave the flying to the real PILOT.
HE put me on board this plane. And HE knows where HE's taking me to!!