My husband loves jets. Ever since I’ve known him since we were 16 years old, he has wanted to be a jet pilot. I watched through the years as God closed the doors to him joining the military while opening the doors for him to study medicine. Today, my husband is an ER doctor who still loves to watch jets fly.
One day, my husband was watching yet another YouTube video of a military pilot maneuvering a jet. He felt the Holy Spirit tell him to watch closely as the jet pilot gained speed and altitude. For the first several seconds, the jet steadily increased speed as it rocketed to the heavens. Towards the end of its climb, the jet began to gain speed faster and faster, and it began to go higher and higher more rapidly.
As the jet entered the thin air thousands of feet into the sky, the resistance holding the jet back loosened. The last few seconds of its ascend toward the zenith of its flight, the jet gained altitude and speed at almost supernatural rates. My husband felt the Holy Spirit compare the jet’s flight to a Christian’s walk of faith.
The closer our minds and hearts are toward the earth, there is much drag holding us back. We will gain speed and altitude in God’s will slowly and with struggle. But the closer our minds and hearts are to heaven and to God’s plan, the resistance loosens, and we are free to go at supernatural rates with God as our focus.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3.2 ESV).
As Christians, there is much of our lives that will look like everyone else. We must eat, go to work, do our laundry, pay our bills and care for our families just like everyone else. However, our lives should pattern after the Bible and God’s plan rather than the world’s way of doing things. Where the world and God diverge, we should see a marked difference in our lives. There can be an excellence in all we do and a joy that is not dependent on our circumstances. If our gaze is on our Heavenly Father, much of our beliefs, thoughts, decisions and actions will be vastly different from the world.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12.2 NIV).
These unique, heavenly patterns that we gain are what loosen us from the trappings of this world and rocket us into the thin air with God. When we finally let go of what the world deems as “normal,” we will gain speed and altitude in our God-given destiny much more quickly and effectively. And though it may feel like we are the only ones living for God on earth, there is a “crowd of witnesses” watching us and rooting for us. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, and they and the angels are all cheering us to the finish line. So let us let go of “every weight that slows us down,” so we can soar into God’s Kingdom, finishing race that God has prepared for us (Hebrews 12.1).
“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (Romans 8.34 NLT).