Aviation Boot Camp

Aviation Boot Camp

by Lori Layne

Billy grasped the yoke in his hands and pushed forward slowly. The plane tilted towards the earth and began to race down. He held his breath.

“Great job.” The instructor smiled and pulled the airplane back level. Tim was an Aviation Boot Camp pilot with a love for Jesus and Aviation, in that order. This day’s lesson allowed Billy and Tim to get closer to heaven as they soared high in the sky.

The writer of Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Tim said, “Here’s a mind-blowing fact about the universe, Billy. If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a nickel. Do you understand that God made all of this?”

“You mean that cloud that looked like my dog? He made that?”

“Yep, and that is just a little bit of His handiwork. Do you know what his most important creation is?”

“This airplane?”



“Try again. It’s you and me!”

Just then Tim announced a final approach on runway one nine. They greased the perfect landing.

Down at the building waited Mackenzie for her turn. What will she do when her chance comes to pilot the airplane? What will you do with your chance to soar in the clouds when Jesus returns?

Lori Layne is a pilot and author. She is a missionary pilot for Pilots for Christ in Michigan. She is married with six adult children and eleven grandchildren. She lives in west Michigan with her husband, Tim, and German Shepherd, named Shadow. She loves to express herself and the grace of God in her writing.


  1. Anne P.
    Oct 10, 2021

    Amen! I can’t wait to read what Mackenzie experiences.

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