At an innocent time in America’s air travel, Bernie May, then Wycliffe’s U.S. Division Director, sat in the TWA lounge at LAX, viewing the runways and loading zones. (This writer had the same privilege at Lindbergh Field, San Diego in those innocent days). Blasted terrorists!
We all adjusted to the change, but it’s likely air travel will never be the same again. And going to the airport won’t ever be the same trip to the boarding area to greet those arriving.
Anyway, Bernie sat there and noticed a tug that backed out giant liners from their loading ramps. The tug had six oversized tires on its low-slung chassis, perfect for its assigned task of pushing giant aircraft.
If done right. If driven according to its specs. Which this one driver didn’t. For when he got the plane to the taxiway and uncoupled, he gunned his tug to get away. Which did nothing but bounce the vehicle up and down. The faster he gunned it, the wilder the bounces. He finally turned it off to regain its equilibrium. When it finally quieted, on he went, trying to race it. He repeated the shut-down. In Other Words, March, 1988
The spiritual point: like that tug, some spiritual problems can only be resolved slowly; as Shakespeare said, a “wound heals by degrees”. Any effort to speed the process will likely result in a lot of bouncing in relationships that usually bounce the instigator out of the picture. Better be slower reaching the goal than trying too quickly and having the effort side tracked.
Bernie made another point worth a spiritual perspective: the weight on the tug kept it steady at a slow pace. Once free of its load, it became too light to move fast. When we ask God, as Paul did, to remove weights and burdens we feel keep us moving too slowly, pause and consider: maybe the burden is what keeps us steady, on target, headed in the right direction and UNDER CONTROL! At the least, if, like Paul, we learn to delight in our burdens by making us more dependent on God’s grace, why wouldn’t we thank him that we bear them? – Fini –
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