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Story ID:8634
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Dillon Montana USA
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About 30 years ago I met Sammy Mason, and old pilot who was full of wisdom. We became good friends and he gave me this piece. I would now like to share it with you. I don't know if it was ever produced but in any case this is my tribute to Sammy.
The last line is a gem...



No matter who we are, weíre in the holding pattern of life. One by one we are cleared for a final approach to our destination. Some of us, because of the length of time weíve been holding, start the approach and landing process ahead of others. Some because of an emergency situation are cleared to descend rapidly and land ahead of the rest of us.
Iím not sure just where I am in the sequence, though Iíve been holding long enough to be cleared for the approach at most any time. God is the master controller, He knows where we all fit in the final pattern of life.
Iíve studied my Bible and know the approach procedures by heart. Iíll leave the final approach fix when God tells me to, and start slipping down the ILS. The conditions will be just right. I already know there will be no missed approach. Just as I reach minimums, Iíll see the approach lights scurrying down toward the runway. Soon, Iíll pick up the runway and the threshold lights will slide behind me. The tires will chirp, then roll solidly against the asphalt. I will have landed safely. The trip will be accomplished by faith. Faith in the aircraftís instruments, faith in the controller, faith in the information provided for me on the approach plate, and finally, the assurance that if I OBEY that information, I will arrive safely at my destination.
So it is with life. A haphazard approach is extremely dangerous.

I think Sammy Mason said it best when he said:
ďExperience is what you think you have enough of when you are just about to get more.Ē

Sammy has long since gone to his final approach and I'm sure Heaven is benefiting from his wisdom.
Thank you Sammy for being my friend.