Most people who think they’re humble are really proud of their humility. God often has to do something drastic to get their attention and remind them what real humility is all about. Ronald Pinkerton learned this during a scary experience he had while hang gliding. First, a gust of wind lifted him 4,200 feet into the air. Suddenly, another air current hit him and sent him on a crash course to the ground.

Ronald was falling fast. He knew he was going to crash. But then he saw a red-tailed hawk a few feet away, struggling against the same air current.

The ground and trees below were approaching fast. As Ronald glanced over at the hawk beside him, the bird suddenly flew straight down with the wind. Even though, according to Ronald’s knowledge of flying, it looked like the hawk was committing suicide, he decided to follow it.

After dropping another hundred feet, the hawk began to rise again on a current of warm air. The same current pushed Ronald’s glider upward. Ronald couldn’t explain it. All he knew was he had survived this incident without injury.

True humility is not having an answer for every situation. It is not convincing ourselves and others that we’re on the right course. It’s simply realizing the greatness of God in directing our paths and following Him wherever He leads. Sometimes He leads us in a way which goes against everything we know about “flying.” We may not be able to explain it with our limited knowledge and understanding. But once we humble ourselves and decide to follow God, we can be sure of safety.

Do you feel like you’re in an uncontrolled fall right now? Maybe your boss has told you your position will be closed; a close friend has turned against you; your health has taken a turn for the worse; or your church is in financial trouble. Humble yourself before God, and let Him lead you. He never disappoints.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder