A friend of mine is a helicopter pilot. One day in conversation he referred to something called, “The Jesus Nut”. The Jesus Nut is a single nut that holds the rotor blades to the helicopter. If that nut comes off the helicopter will fall from the sky like a rock.
In our overly complicated world the most important thing you can do when life gets overwhelming is to make sure your understanding of Jesus is secure. Colossians 1:17 tells us, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” In other words, our entire world from the force of gravity to the sustaining of life itself is held together and functioning properly because Jesus is holding all of it together.
The current political turmoil, the next wave of terror and each challenge you face on a personal level can be confidently navigated if you choose to believe Jesus is able to hold everything together even when the violent turbulence of life crosses your flight path. You may not be able to change everything that needs changing in this world, but there is one thing you can do - you can make sure at the top of your life the Jesus Nut is secure. With Jesus securely set as your only point of confidence you will be able to fly, hover and navigate through anything this life throws at you.
I used to watch my helicopter-pilot-friend conduct a pre-flight check of all the systems on his helicopter before each flight. He would always make sure to climb on top of the airframe and check the security of the Jesus Nut. When he knew the Jesus Nut was secure he could fly his mission with confidence knowing he did everything within his power to ensure a safe flight no matter what challenging circumstance might develop in route.