Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
At the beginning of flight training, a student flies with an instructor by his side, over familiar terrain, and in perfect weather. All his decisions are based on sight. But at the end, when a student pilot receives his “instrument rating,” he has learned to fly by himself, over unfamiliar terrain, and in total darkness. He has learned to trust not his sight but his instruments—compass, altimeter, air speed, and radar. He has learned to “fly blind.”
Just as a flight instructor’s ultimate goal is to see a student get his instrument rating, so the father in Proverbs had the same goal for his son.
What is the spiritual equivalent of an instrument rating? It is trusting in the Lord, not in one’s own understanding. Every parent, teacher, and leader knows his protégés will one day encounter darkness, storms, and unfamiliar terrain in life. The key to their graduation and promotion is learning to live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
“Flying blind” in life doesn’t mean closing your eyes; it means keeping them on the Lord.