Jamie Buckingham of Melbourne, Florida shares about Spaceship Columbia in the book ‘Power for Living’ by saying that the spaceship was a magnificent scientific feat but its power to leave the earth and stay aloft was created by man.
Eagles because of their ability to find the thermals are able to stay aloft indefinitely, often without even moving their great wings. Spaceship Columbia was not an eagle and as a result it was destined to fall to the earth.
The problem with all of us is that we have a certain amount of natural power, but for some reason we do not have enough to make it all the way to the end. A few seem to get a good start, but even they fall to earth in the long run. And the rest of us never do even get off the launching pad. We just sit there and sputter. Sometimes we don’t even have enough power to do that, and the first little breeze that comes along topples us into the dust where we lay forgotten as though we never existed in the first place.
Recently a group of highly successful people, people who have risen to the top of their profession, were asked about their lives. These people are not hunks of metal, destined to come tumbling down sooner or later. They are like true eagles soaring the heights. When they were asked about the power that keeps them aloft, they all gave the same answer. God.
That’s right; they said their power for living came from a personal relationship with God. Unlike the spaceship Columbia, which was put aloft by man’s efforts, they all said they had tried man’s way and found it empty. But when they turned to God and allowed Him to control their lives, they began to soar.
“God?” you say. “Well, He might be able to help folks who already have made it. But what about me?”
Wait a minute. God is not just for the famous, or the rich, or those nice folks who dress up to go to church or the synagogue. God is for everyone. He loves those who are helpless. He loves the alcoholics, the drug addicts, those who have lost power and are tumbling end over end in space, headed for a sure crack-up (unless they burn out first on reentry). He loves the fellow who’s out of work, the homemaker caught in the web of adultery, the lonely teenager, the frustrated businessman. He loves you. And if you will let Him, He will not only direct your path, but will give you power to live.
Isaiah wrote about this long time ago when he said: “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Adapted from Power For Living by Jamie Buckingham