A Passion To Fly

If you read the post before this one, you know that Paul was scheduled for a complimentary first flight lesson on Thursday. Well……………………………………………….it happened, and it was a great experience.  The man in the photo is Rashid, Paul’s flight instructor.  Rashid made a statement to us before Paul had his lesson that really struck me. He said, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to learn how to fly. You just have to have a passion for it.” (more on that in a bit) Paul was up in the air flying for about in a hour in the yellow Cessna 15o. While he was flying we spent a little bit of time talking to our contact person for the lesson, and then we ducked out for a quick breakfast at Marie Callendar’s. When we got back to the airport, Paul had landed and was waiting for us.  Paul had actually flown and handled the controls for quite a bit of the trip. The flight instructor told us that Paul did very well, and it was obvious to him that Paul had been doing a lot of study. He said that he asked Paul a lot of questions and that Paul’s knowlege level is already where it should be to obtain a private pilot’s license.  Of course, he needs to get the actual experience of flying in a plane more, but his instructor felt he could get his license within 3 months. (He’s going to have to wait a while though, because you must be 17 to get your private pilot’s license.)

I live with Paul, and it is quite obvious to me that he has a passion for flying. He pretty much has been “stuck” on aviation since he was 8 years old, and has spent hours reading about it and doing his flight simulator. He has begged me before to take him to an airport, so he could watch the planes.  I really haven’t taught him a whole lot about aviation, and most of what he knows he learned from studying on his own. I’ve never had to push him or prod him to study aviation. Why?  It’s because he has a passion for it.

I think back to what Rashid said about flying.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to fly, but you do have to have a passion for it.  I wonder what would happen if we got as passionate about living for and working for God as we do about a career, hobby or other things.  You don’t have to have a Th.B, come from a family of preachers or have all the right “connections” to really live for God and be involved in His kingdom, but you do have to have a passion for Him. It’s easy to pray, worship and hear the Word at church, but is this a part of our daily lives too? Do we spend time everyday seeking God in prayer and in reading and studying His Word, or is it just kind of a “side thing” that we save for church or some conference we might attend? I believe God wants us to be passionate about Him. It’s okay to have other hobbies, interests, a career, but God should be the number 1 passion in our lives upon which everthing else revolves. I want to be more passionate about living for Him and helping others to find a relationship with Him. Living for Jesus has put a passion to fly in me.  I am looking forward to “flying away” one day to be with Him throughout all eternity. I may not be a rocket scientist, have an outstanding family pedigree or be a brilliant theologian, but one day, I’m gonna fly! I hope you will fly too.

1Th 4:16-18

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Chorus
I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

2.
When the shadows of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away) 

3.
Just a few more weary days and then,
I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

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2 thoughts on “A Passion To Fly

  1. Thank you so much for you post! I am starting a new theme in my Sunday School Class tomorrow! It is a Christian Flight School! All about flying! 🙂 God knows I needed to hear what you have said and I want my passion to be for him and his work! I want to inspire my class to get ready for the day when they fly (to heaven)! Thank you so much! God Bless You! Angie Foster

    Hi Angie. It really is all about getting ready for that day when we fly to heaven and helping others to get ready. May you be a blessing and inspiration to the children you teach. Do you teach a specific age group? My favorite group to work with has always been the juniors(9-11). At our present facility we don’t have Sunday school classrooms, so we have kid’s church on Sunday mornings at 9:30. It has actually worked very well for us. We have a very dedicated and organized Children’s Church Coordinator who has done a great job overseeing this ministry, and our teachers and helpers have worked well together. Such a blessing! Hope you first class tomorrow really takes off. 🙂

  2. Great analogy and post, Sis! Makes me think of Isaiah 30 where it says that they that wait upon the Lorsd shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. Also makes me think of that old Lanny Wolfe song:

    What’s it like to be an eagle and to fly?
    What’s it like to leave the nest and soar the sky?
    Well I don’t know just how it feels but someday I know I will.
    For there’s something telling me I was born to fly.

    Chor: And I can feel my spirit getting ready to spread its wings.
    I’m gonna leave this world behind for better things.
    Very soon I’ll say goodbye. I’m gonna wing my way to the eastern sky,
    Oh soul, get ready to live, you were born to fly!

    I’m getting excited just thinking about it! Thanks for a great post! LOVE YOU!

    Hey, Keek! It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about that Lanny Wolfe song. Thanks for posting the lyrics. What a great and glorious day that will be when Jesus returns to take us home. I’m thankful for the wonderful hope that we have. Love you too!

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