We watched in awe as the stunt plane streaming white smoke climbed vertically into the sky spiraling upward with the mighty engine straining against the relentless pull of gravity. Slower and slower it climbed until gravity won. The plane sat on its tail shuddering and then it fell over backward tumbling end over end toward the mesmerized crowd below. As it fell back to earth it was then I noticed there was a man standing on the top wing. Cabled in place he waved to us mortals below. All I could think was this man has a death wish. But probably not. This was a case of absolute faith. Obviously he trusted the man at the controls. His faith was rewarded. As the plane tumbled to earth it regained sufficient speed to fly again and the pilot rolled it out into a perfect arch above the crowd.
One of my all time favorite verses of Scripture is all about trust. Jesus said in John 14, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Life can tumble us about but if we will trust Jesus we will be rewarded with an eternity of endless growth. He wants us to be with Him. How grand!
Written by Roger Bothwell on September 17, 2002
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