If God Had Wanted Us to Fly…
How does the saying go, “If God had wanted us to fly, He would have given us wings.” Thank goodness the Wright brothers didn’t believe that, or they would not have transformed human transportation. Little known fact, Wilbur and Orville weren’t the first ones who tried to add an engine to a pair of wings and take to the skies.
So why are they known as the pioneers of aviation? For a very simple reason. Previous to that time, aviation inventors were focused on power. Not control.
“What is chiefly needed is skill
rather than machinery.”- Wilbur Wright
Put enough power behind something and it will leave the ground, but that’s not flight, that’s just an explosion. Using their research and observation of birds, the Wright brothers believed the flying problem would be fixed by giving the pilots control of the aircraft. Hard to believe that was a revolutionary idea. They developed (or discovered) the three-axis control, now known as roll, pitch (like nodding up and down), and yaw (like shaking your head side-to-side). They were able to design a manned, powered, free-flight aircraft and fly it successfully. Sure, 120 feet might not seem like the most awe-inspiring flight, but that short distance showed their ideas were sound.
As I was doing research on the Wright brothers and came across the above explanation, I had my own lightbulb moment.
If I Take the Wings of the Morning…
I’m very much like those other inventors who wanted to beef up their engines, thinking that flying is just levitated ground travel and the pilots didn’t need control. How so?
I’m kind of all about having the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. The more the better. But giving the Holy Spirit actual control of my life and likes and decisions… hold your horses, I’ve got some great ideas how I want my life to go.
“Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Hold over my being absolute sway
Filled with Thy Spirit till all can see
Christ only always living in me.”
– Jim Reeves
If the power of the Holy Spirit is going to be of any use in my life, it will be because I have given Him control my life. Thankfully, this is the easy part of the Christian life. Ha ha. No, it isn’t. I hope, though, that I have given up more of my control each day than I did the day before.
It’s a struggle, especially for those of us who are results-driven and competitive. It’s really a battle about fruitfulness. We want (okay, fine, I want) to measure our fruitfulness in tangible ways: awards earned, money made, books sold. The Fruit of the Spirit is internal change and comes from yielding to Him to become more like Jesus Christ.
God’s plan for my life will go much better than mine.