Leaving It In God’s Hands

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Ranked among the luckiest people in the world, Alan E. Magee survived a free fall of almost 22,000 feet from a B-17 bomber during a raid in WWII. On 3rd January 1943, Magee got into a Flying Fortress bomber on his seventh bombing mission. He was 24, and was one of the ten-man crew of the bomber. They took off from Molesworth, England, and their target was a German submarine port in France. In total, there were 85 B-17s involved in the raid, along with some fighter planes escorting them.

When Magee’s  B-17 reached the French town of St Nazaire, it came under heavy fire from German anti-aircraft guns. The bomber took a couple of nasty blows on its wing and engine.It soon started spiralling downward towards the ground and was spinning at a very high rate of speed. Magee had no idea how to control the plane but he did see a small opening,  which he quickly jumped through. Once in mid air, he realized he had actually jumped out of the plane… but without his parachute!

Magee plunged almost 22,000 feet, and went unconscious just before his body crashed onto the roof of the St Nazaire railway station. The thick clothes he wore and his hit on the soft wooden roof between the rafters cushioned his 160 mph fall and he landed on his back in a pile of shingles, wood splinters and boxes on the station floor. He regained consciousness, as the Germans were taking him to the hospital. His only words were, ‘Thank God I am alive.” His only injury was a sprained shoulder and bruises on his back and legs.

Magee was only willing to tell his story a total of 3 times during the rest of his life. He was an intensely private man and looked at his escape from certain death as a miracle from God. He said that even his German captors treated him with great respect, knowing the details of what had happened to him. During one of the interviews he gave, Magee was asked what went through his mind as he was falling towards the earth without a parachute. Magee simply said he was strangely at peace because he knew he was in God’s hands, stating, “In a situation like that what else can you do? ”

When asked, doctors said the one big thing that saved his life was the fact that he was totally relaxed when he hit the roof. Had he been awake, his natural reaction would have been to tense up and brace for impact, which would have killed him instantly. However, in his relaxed state his body acted like a fluid and was able to distribute the shock of impact across his entire body. That dynamic capacity of fluids to dissipate shock waves is one of the things that spared his life.

Few of us, if any, will ever find ourselves in the situation Alan Magee was in. Helpless, hopeless and plunging into certain death in a few short minutes. However, all of us will find ourselves in situations where we are forced to rely on something outside ourselves and outside our own ability. When life gets totally out of our control, what then? The loss of a job, the rebellion of a child, a divorce or a sudden life threatening illness can feel like a deadly plunge. All of these can take over our lives and emotions rather quickly , with no good end in sight. What we do, and how we respond in those times, will determine  to a large degree what the final outcome will be.

Let me suggest that what you need to do in such situations is relax and put it in God’s hands. Stop trying to figure things out or second-guess how you got in the situation in the first place. Does it really even matter once you’re in it? Worse than that , all the wasted energy, agonizing thoughts and what-if’s don’t change a thing. Do what Alan Magee did and surrender to the inevitable, be at peace within and wait till it’s over.

Ps 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God” and Proverbs 3:5-6 says ” Lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”. When all is said and done, it’s in God’s hands and you can count on the fact that He will cause all things to work for the good. Stop the manipulation, the fussing  and the striving to make things go your way.  You only see in part anyway, and God sees the whole picture from beginning to end. Like it or not, He has the upper hand!

So, why not tune your heart to God,  enjoy the view, relax and just go with the flow. When it’s over,  God will have those ready who can pick up the pieces. And you? Well, …..  you will have a great story to tell about the faithfulness of God! Now go enjoy your free-fall and take in the view. Enjoy the process because it will soon be over and, like it or not,  you are sure to have your answer!

 

 

The Missing Pieces Of Time

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Time….. It is the subject of science fiction movies and multitudes of books. It is evidenced by the decay of everything around us. It shows up when we gaze into the mirror and see wrinkles and gray hair looking back. It becomes painfully real when we go through old photo albums and see people who have gone on to their eternal rest. It never stops, has no favorites it passes by, or special people it refuses to impact. The endless march of time comes to all of us, and how it touches each can be very different.

I mention the above because the other night I was watching a favorite show of mine called  “NOVA” which is on PBS. This particular show was about three girls who were born like every other girl on planet earth. However, they were handicapped and they all exhibited something that is considered to be the rarest of unknown, and unstudied diseases on earth. These three girls do not age. At one point in their early childhood development the aging mechanism within just switched off, and no one kn0ws why.

After a lifetime of study, one genetic researcher decided to use one of the worlds largest super computers to map the entire genetic structure of these girls. After months of pains-taking analysis, the team discovered the disorder was caused by a missing or misplaced piece of  DNA. This is the master blueprint for all life as we know it, so when a piece of it goes missing that is not a good thing. The protein that is produced by this missing material is not present in these girls and because of this missing genetic material they simply do not get any older. Strangely enough, no boy has ever been diagnosed with this same disorder. It is strictly a malady that afflicts human females.

One of the girls being covered in the story was 21 years old. Any person looking at her, myself included, would have concluded she was no more than 4 years of age. Her growth and physical development simply stopped at that point and she is forever held in “suspended time” as a post-toddler. Not one inch of height, not one sign of physical development, no hormonal changes and not one bit of mental maturation or development has happened in the past 18 years. She is for all practical purposes a young child, and will forever remain that way until she dies. Most baffling of all is that doctors have no idea how long she may live. She does not show any of the normal breakdown that happens to  all living things as they age, so her life span is totally unknown.

Many questions and possibilities were raised in my mind as this show unfolded, and what they finally uncovered in their research was quite incredible. Ageing is the result of the action of specific proteins that are made by specific genetic material. When that piece of DNA is not there, the ageing process just stops. So now comes the million dollar questions I had rattling around in my brain. Could this be the proof that those in the Book of Genesis did live eight or nine hundred years as the Bible states, because the genetic material for aging was not present in God’s early creation? Is this the source of the mythical fountain of youth that Conquistadors searchEd for?  Now that we know which genes control the ageing process, are we one step closer to extending human life indefinitely? For those who have enough money and the right technology, do we really want to do this?

It would seem that science fiction has once again become science fact, and it brings to mind a Biblical reality from Genesis 11:6. In this passage the people united under their own strength to defy God and build a tower that would reach up to heaven. That is, man wanted to ascend by his own strength and intellect to become like God. The scripture says; “The Lord said ‘Behold they are one people, and they have the same language. And this is what they begin to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them'”. So, God confused their languages in that place of natural, man made unity. The personal and emotional desire to unify and build something of their own making was actually ended by God Himself! How ironic that God calls people to work together, but it always takes on a dark quality when that urge is motivated by something other than the Holy Spirit.

In the girls above, the missing pieces of DNA brought about something that looks like it has great potential, but it is actually harmful and detrimental to all who are touched by it. It is the same for those who try to bring about unity and change by misguided naturally and emotionally driven means. Pieces of the necessary DNA for a God-ordained unity are missing. Those missing pieces tend to bring about an aberrant cohesion of angry people that lack the focus and peace of something that will serve the purposes of God. This type of thing is going to fall into disorder, and will always do so in God’s appointed time.

Ephesians 4:3 says; “being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. In other words, when people are working together as directed by the Spirit of God, there is going to be a clear unity and peace present. When unity and peace are not part of a combined effort, the prophetic perspective is that this is a group of misguided, naturally and emotionally oriented people who are building another “Tower of Babble”.  Whatever they are united to create is doomed to simply become a painful  example of miscommunication, and it will ultimately collapse under the weight of it’s own confusion. All of this….. because of a few missing pieces!

Don’t let the natural or emotional disruptions in life cause you to lose any sleep. The rantings and chantings of unruly mobs or fake news will make you think that the world is in chaos and poised to go up in flames. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a lot of missing pieces in all of this, and what you see is not what’s real or lasting. Others may want to convince you they are reaching up to heaven in self-determined change, but it “Ain’t Necessarily So”, as the old song goes. There is a lot more to the story then any of them understand of are willing to admit.

The missing pieces and time itself are on our side. When we refuse to react, and we simply respond with the relaxed confidence that comes from living with a Biblical world view, the answers will eventually come. From that place of God-ordained unity and peace, the Spirit will fill in the missing pieces and bring every answer that has lasting value.

 I don’t know about you, but I am excited to see what will happen in the next few years. Expect the unexpected. Most of all know that prayer is what brought about the national change we so desperately needed, and it will only be prayer that can finish what God has now begun. Lift up your eyes and rejoice because God is about to do great things! The natural mind does not comprehend it, but those see beyond the natural will see it and rejoice!