Some things you should just know....
As an avid traveler and a frequent flier I have been blessed in that I have not encountered any "severe" situations aboard any planes, trains or busses. (Please note: I am leaving out "automobiles" because of my record of "severe" situations with this mode of transportation!)
Recently, while landing at Bluegrass Airport aboard a regional jet, I was sitting in 1 A when all of a sudden, instead of landing, we just skimmed the runway, continued across the runway and then ascended again. One of the passengers behind me stated, "there must have been another plane that didn't clear the runway." That made sense, however, this is Bluegrass Airport of Lexington, KY, in which we don't have that much "constant" air traffic.
As I expected, the "bells" sounded alerting the flight attendant who was seated in the jump seat right in front of me that the cockpit crew wished to speak to him. He was on the phone for more than several minutes saying "ok" repeatedly. As I watched him hang up the phone, he immediately got up, unbuckled his harness and opened the overhead bin immediately above my seat. He got out a huge binder and then he sat down and began to flip through it intensely. No big deal you might say? As the flight attendant sat down facing all the passengers flipping through this binder, it has plainly written on the outside of the binder for all of us to see: EMERGENCY MANUAL.
The pilot finally came on to tell us there was an issue with the landing gear and that hopefully this would be resolved by some "testing" that would be done while we were circling outside of the Lexington area. In the meantime, we were assured that all would be well and there was no need for concern. HOWEVER, as that was being spoken overhead by our pilot, our flight attendant incessantly and frantically was continuing to flip through the EMERGENCY MANUAL.
You know, there is going to come a time when each of us are going to be called upon in emergency situations in which we must rely solely on OUR FAITH and there won't be any emergency manual to "brush up" on. In times of storms and chaos in our world, lives and working situations, we are called to "root" ourselves in the saving power of Jesus Christ. "In this world ye shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer, be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world!"
There comes a time that we are going to have to "get out of the boat" like Peter and enter the rocky seas; to stand up and be unbound, just like Lazarus; to rely solely on the Lord, just as our Blessed Mother instructed those at the Feast of Cana: "Do whatever HE tells you to do!" There comes a time, especially in fast paced, unexpected situations, in which we must rely on the basic foundation of our Faith: Christ came on this earth as a total gift from His (our) Father to each of us and through his Passion, Death and Resurrection we are restored and made whole.
It is our basic humanity that seems to take over when we are plagued with illness, death, financial struggles and relationship issues. However, it is then that we must open ourselves to the amazing work of the Holy Spirit. All of this takes TRUST, all of this takes study, all of this takes practice.
The emergency manual of our Christian journey for some may be the BIBLE; for me, it was, it is and will always be, the CROSS of Christ.