Many years ago when I was a young, inexperienced pilot I had a terrifying experience I’ll never forget.

It was a sunny Sunday morning in early spring. A friend of mine wanted to go for a plane ride. So we decided to fly from our home near Dunkirk, New York southwest to Youngstown, Ohio. He had family in Youngstown he wanted to visit.

On the return to Dunkirk late that afternoon, the weather turned foggy. I did not yet have an instrument rating. The rating allows pilots to rely only on the plane’s instruments when they have no visual ground references. As you might expect, we got lost.

I was not particularly spiritual, and definitely not religious, at that point. But I found myself asking God, Spirit, the Universe for help. Instantly, the message came to me, “Turn left.”

“Of course!” I thought. We were flying northeast, roughly parallel to the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of the United States’s 5 Great Lakes. We couldn’t see the lake, and the ground was barely visible in the dense fog.

So we descended to a lower altitude and flew north, knowing we would eventually see the lake. Then all we had to do was follow the lake shore back to Dunkirk. The airport was only a short distance from the lake.

When we landed in Dunkirk that evening, my friend looked at me strangely. He said, “We were lost, weren’t we?” I knew he knew, but I said nothing during the trip, not wanting to alarm him. But I admitted it finally, now that we were safely on the ground.

So what’s the lesson here?


Life is so simple. Yet humans persist in making it hard.

When you’re in any kind of trouble, Spirit is right there with you. In your every move, your every thought, Spirit knows what’s going on with you. And we mean every moment of your earthly life, from birth to your return Home.

Do you need help, as Johnny did that foggy day? All you have to do is ask. Help will be there instantly.

In Johnny’s situation, he was desperate and he heard an answer instantly. That answer guided him and his friend safely home.

But it doesn’t have to be a potentially life-or-death situation. Ask for help with everything—all the challenges you face in life, tiny or huge.

After you’ve asked, wait. The answer will come, one way or another.

That is how much Spirit loves you—enough to answer your every cry for help. In every situation. Under all circumstances. No matter how trivial or desperate.

Spirit wants to speak with you, always. Spirit is always there. You are eternally held in the arms and love of Spirit. All you have to do is ask.

Copyright © 2020 by John Cali and Berna Copray
Edited by Berna Copray


This video talks about God, trusting, and a willingness to believe you are always safe, always cared for. If you don’t like the word “God,” substitute “Universe,” Spirit,” or whatever you want. The exact word does not matter. What does matter is you believe you are always safe, always taken care of, always loved.

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