I’ve never been a big Science person. Sure, I find some of the information and discoveries to be amazing; however, reading, writing, math and even art have always been more of my thing. But now I have a son who has a mind fascinated by science and engineering. So these concepts that I once found little interest in, I now find myself wanting to learn.
One concept that I read and learned more about this past year was the fact that planes take off against the wind.
My reading was inspired by Henry Ford’s quote, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Most people, including myself believe, it has to do with resistance. However, after some reading, it has to do with this being the way it requires less acceleration to get to a certain speed.
Basically it is the way to higher altitude using less time and less speed.
For many of us though, and figuratively speaking it may seem like a paradox. Taking off against the wind seems to be counterproductive.
But this brings us back to the biblical concept of leaning on God against the trials,
against the challenges,
against the changes,
against the discomfort…
against the winds.
“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”(Matthew 14:24, 27 NIV)
God wants us all to do this. He doesn’t expect us to have the strength ourselves. He doesn’t expect us to have the momentum and power to take off alone. He wants us to lean in and allow Him to do His thing.
So today, no matter what we are up against, let’s praise God for it. Let’s be thankful knowing that he is using those very challenges, those very winds… for beauty… for strength even if we can’t see or feel it yet. For suffering is a moment compared to what eternity holds.
“Lean on me against the winds of each day. For true strength is built in this way.”
Therefore, today …
I am thankful for the winds.
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