Jet Fighter Or First Class?

I overheard two old military men swapping tales in the breakfast room of a hotel.

One was telling about how he had hopped a military flight from the east coast to the west coast many years ago. Military personnel have the right to hitch a ride on military flights when there is one available.

The only problem with this particular flight was that it was the back seat of a jet fighter.

Evidently the pilot had a good time with the story teller because the hitchhiker was throwing up before the flight was over. I can imagine a few high speed turns and maybe even a barrel roll or two would provoke giggles of delight in the front of the plane and gasps of horror in the back.

I’ve never had that kind of experience on a plane. Once, when coming back to the States, though, Air Canada bumped me up to first class without me asking. There I was, front row, center, of all the passengers, eating Hagen Daaz ice cream and enjoying life.

Let’s face it, that’s the way we want to go in life, isn’t it? Forget this military plane stuff.

But, I suspect the Lord wants me in a jet fighter, carrying out missions for him. It’s tougher on your heart and blood pressure and I suspect the Lord makes a barrel roll sometimes, just to get a laugh out of my reaction (I have no scripture to prove this last assertion).

But we’re in a battle for men’s souls and we don’t have the leisure to spend all our days in the easy chair. Get up friend, (put the rest of the Haagen Daaz in the frig for later), pick up your sword and get busy doing the things God put you here to do.

You’re supposed to be carrying out airstrikes against the enemy instead of gently snoring in first class.

Ephesians 5:11-16

Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! (The Message)

Hmmm …
When God puts a question in my mind, it is to teach me, or to focus my attention on what he is about to do near me or with my involvement.   Leon Hiebert 

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