Due to the COVID lockdowns, you might not have traveled by air in the past few years but I’m sure you have seen the many news stories that have to do with the airline industry. As transportation comes back to a full schedule it means some pilots who have not been in the cockpit in over a year are a little rusty. One pilot forgot to turn on the secondary engine, another forgot to let the landing gear down and another went in the wrong direction after takeoff. These examples reported in an article titled: Out-of-Practice Airline Pilots Are Making Errors Back in the Air on Bloomberg. Quoted in the article: “These potentially disastrous errors all took place in the U.S. in recent months as pilots returned to work. In every case, crew blamed their oversight on a shortage of flying during Covid.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-10-14/plane-crash-risks-rise-as-covid-19-leaves-airline-pilots-out-of-practice
So, what new industry are those pilots working in today? And where did the reporters discover these mistakes? The pilots are still flying and the airlines know all about these incidents. The authors of the Bloomberg article read about these encounters on a FAA funded self-reporting incident website. The authors report: The incidents are among dozens of mistakes, confidentially declared by out-of-practice pilots since the start of the pandemic, that are stored on a low-profile database designed to identify emerging safety threats. The monitoring program, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, is decades old but is now flashing warning signs as planes return to the skies across the world. https://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/index.html
The FFA website allows people to report issues confidentially and non-punitive. The government uses the information to make changes to how things are done in the future, but with voluntary reports and at this number, how many near misses go unreported?
Knowing this type of website exists, it makes me want a website where I could report all the mistakes I make, with no punishments and it was confidential. Have you ever felt guilty about something that happened and you wanted to get it off your chest but you were not prepared to handle the repercussions of the fallout of others knowing the truth? What would people think, what would they say? What friends would we lose, would I have to move to another town to escape the embarrassment?
People have attempted to create these types of outlets online through social media, but with no ramifications of our confession some have turned these into places to “air laundry,” with few expressing genuine remorse. People use these places to justify their behavior instead of trying to become better through the confession process.
The good news is that God has provided this outlet for us all through prayer. Thanks to the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, with confession, our sins have been forgiven. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of a mistake we need not try to hide (He already knows), we must embrace the love He gives by bringing our shortcomings to our attention. This is for growth and restoration, not embarrassment and shame. Too often we approach the offender with this attitude, but never God when we approach Him with our sinful behavior. Today, stop running from God due to the false belief that He doesn’t love you. He is your Heavenly Father; He’s waiting for your return!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Serving the Savior,
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