DayBreaks for 5/18/18: No Turning Back
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008:
One more analogy from the Space Center: the shuttle is nearing the end of its lifespan, and in just a few more years, it’ll be retired in favor of the Constellation program – a program designed to put men back on the moon (by 2012, I think), and to go to even further places. The shuttle will be no more, and the space program will return to the kind of rockets and space craft that were used previously.
The shuttle is a very complex piece of equipment. It is not as complicated as a complete Apollo/Lunar Lander/Saturn V (which had 2 million separate systems – the most complicated piece of engineering ever made), but it is still an amazing piece of machinery.
There is, as you know, a large central fuel tank, and two slender, white solid rocket boosters, one on each side. They are called solid rocket boosters because their fuel is “solid”, not liquid. Here’s the tricky thing about that kind of rocket booster: unlike the liquid fuel contained on the Apollo/Saturn 5, once you light if off a solid rocket booster, there’s no shutting it down until it has totally expended itself. In other words, you’d better be sure you’re ready to go because you’ll be going somewhere …and going there very fast!
We are familiar with the passage that talks about how futile it is to put our “hand to the plow” and then look backwards. There is to be no going back, not even looking back for a glance, once we’ve embarked on the Christian pathway. There is only to be forward motion.
Another thought: we were all launched into this world at birth. We will live our lives until we’ve expended all the seconds that God has allotted to us. We can’t go back into the womb (as Nicodemus wondered when told by Jesus that we must be born again). Once launched, we must take the journey that lies before us…and complete the course.
May we choose the right trajectory that leads back to the Father’s house. You are going somewhere – your engine has been lit by God Himself. Where will you wind up?
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the gift of life and the adventure of living. Help us to keep on moving in the right direction until we arrive safely at home. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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