Thrust and Lift

I had the privilege of traveling with our Bell Shoals Choral to Savannah, Georgia. On our way back to Brandon, I was seated across the aisle on the bus from Rose. Out of the blue, Rose asked me a question. She said, "Pastor, do you know what makes an airplane fly?"

I thought, We're on a bus.  Why are you asking me what makes an airplane fly?  I replied, "Well, no, I really don't know."  And she said, "Well, when my son was in school, he had to do a project on what makes an airplane fly and I've never forgotten it."  Rose then began to describe to me in beautiful and descriptive language that I could not repeat today. However, I did learn what makes an airplane fly.

Two things make an airplane fly: thrust and lift. Thrust is the forward motion of the airplane, and then lift is something that happens as a result of the shape of the wing. As the airplane goes forward, something happens to the air around that wing. The air pressure underneath the wing builds up and pushes up. It becomes greater than the air pressure above the wing, and so as a result, the wing begins to lift and the airplane begins to fly.

That same principle should be true in every believer's life. There ought to be a pressure pushing us up that is greater than the pressure holding us down. God wants us to live our lives oriented in such a way that we are thinking about, focused on, and concentrating upon our future in heaven.

That's the force that will lift us up when this world would try to push us down.  The Bible talks about that in Colossians 3:1-2: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!