Tuesday, October 8, 2019
“A rocket launch is truly an amazing phenomenon to me. Tons of weight is stacked vertically to the sky with thousands of gallons of fuel exploding in a matter of moments. Soon the rocket drops its take-off boosters and uses additional boosters to move the rocket to the next stage of the mission. The first engines have a unique purpose...to get the rocket to the next stage.” – Os Hillman
We are fortunate to live about an hour south of Cape Canaveral. That means that whenever there is a space launch, we can see the rocket’s fiery tail from our house, especially at night. And if we happen to be driving north along U.S. 1 when a liftoff occurs, it is quite a spectacle.
Liftoff for each and every one of us occurred on the day we were born. For me, that was 60 long years ago… hard to believe. But far more important to me is my spiritual birthday, which dates back to March 1977. On a Sunday afternoon that month, I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ and left the spiritual launch pad.
I guess you could say that my booster rocket fired for the first time five years later in April 1982. That was when I made Jesus not only my Savior, but also my Lord. Another booster stage took place in September 1986, when I fully surrendered to Him – lock, stock and barrel. On June 6, 1987, I started my 33-year journey in prison ministry and on January 1, 1994, I entered full-time vocational ministry.
I think it helps to look back occasionally at where you’ve been and how you got where you are now. Doing so helps you better see – and understand – what God was doing at particular points in your spiritual journey, even if it was hard to comprehend at the time.
How about you, my friend? Looking back at your life, do you recognize God’s hand at work at various stages? And are you ready for yet another “booster rocket” to fire and send you into an even higher spiritual orbit?
Hang on… you may be in for another great ride!
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President