Co-pilot: (n) a pilot who is second in command of an aircraft.
It used to be a very, very popular bumper sticker: “God is my co-pilot.”
It seems like a rather innocent exchange—a meaningless disagreement, but at the root is probably one of the greater problems facing individuals who want to believe in a Creator yet have not found a common-sense way of discovering exactly what role this Divinity should play.
Is God flying the plane, and I’m along for the ride?
Am I privy to the flight plan?
Am I granted free will until He decides I’m not?
Is He in charge of the journey, but I get to pick whether we’re having fish or chicken for the in-flight meal?
Or am I behind the steering, and God is standing nearby, enjoying the trip?
I don’t really think it’s either one. I don’t think God’s in my plane at all.
I think He’s waiting for me at the next airport, to give me a lift—so I don’t have to take an Uber.