No matter how many difficulties we are facing, we should have a quiet
confidence that God is still in control and all things will be well. The
believer is not like other people because we have a hope in One who has
never failed and never seen defeat. The Lord of Hosts is His name and just
as He has delivered us in the past, the Lord will do it again. We simply
must remain in faith trusting the Lord and knowing that all will be well
despite how bleak our situation may seem right now. Do not focus with
your physical eyes, but rather see with your eyes of faith the things that
are not as though they already are. (Psalm 84:11-12) (Romans 4:17)
Faith and expectancy are vital parts of the believer’s arsenal. Just as
we know the sun will rise in the morning, we should have that same faith
that God will deliver us and meet our every need. Be encouraged to have a
refreshed outlook on the Lord's sustenance. Remember that God loves you
and wishes for your best interest. No matter the heartache of today, lift
up your faith to the Lord and let God know that you are trusting Him
despite what you see and know that All Will Be Well. (Hebrews 11:1-10)
I hope this message reminds you of days gone by that encouraged and
inspired you to know that despite the difficulties, your answer will come
and make all things well.
GRACE AND STYLE
It was noon on a Sunday as I recall, the day a Mustang P-51 was to take to
the air. They said it had flown in during the night from some US airport,
the pilot had been tired.
I marveled at the size of the plane dwarfing the Pipers and Canucks tied
down by her, it was much larger than in the movies. She glistened in the
sun like a bulwark of security from days gone by.
The pilot arrived by cab, paid the driver then stepped into the flight
lounge. He was an older man, his wavy hair was grey and tossed...looked
like it might have been combed...say, around the turn of the century. His
bomber jacket was checked, creased, and worn, it smelled old and genuine.
Old Glory was prominently sewn to its shoulders. He projected a quiet air
of proficiency and pride devoid of arrogance. He filed a quick flight plan
to Montreal (Expo-67, Air Show) then walked across the tarmac.
After taking several minutes to perform his walk-around check, the pilot
returned to the flight lounge to ask if anyone would be available to stand
by with fire extinguishers while he “flashed the old bird up...just to be
safe.” Though only 12 at the time, I was allowed to stand by with an
extinguisher after brief instruction on its use -- “If you see a fire
point then pull this lever!” I later became a firefighter, but that's
The air around the exhaust manifolds shimmered like a mirror from fuel
fumes as the huge prop started to rotate. One manifold, then another, and
yet another barked -- I stepped back with the others. In moments the
Packard-built Merlin engine came to life with a thunderous roar, blue
flames knifed from her manifolds. I looked at the others' faces, there was
no concern. I lowered the bell of my extinguisher. One of the guys
signaled to walk back to the lounge, we did.
Several minutes later, we could hear the pilot doing his pre flight
run-up. He'd taxied to the end of runway 19, out of sight. All went quiet
for several seconds, we raced from the lounge to the second story deck to
see if we could catch a glimpse of the P-51 as she started down the
runway, we could not. There we stood, eyes fixed to a spot half way down
19. Then a roar ripped across the field, much louder than before, like a
furious hell spawn set loose---something mighty this way was coming.
“Listen to that thing!” Said the controller. In seconds the Mustang burst
into our line of sight. Its tail was already off and it was moving faster
than anything I'd ever seen by that point on 19. Two thirds the way down
19 the Mustang was airborne with her gear going up. The prop tips were
supersonic; we clasped our ears as the Mustang climbed hellish fast into
the circuit to be eaten up by the dog-day haze.
We stood for a few moments in stunned silence trying to digest what we'd
just seen. The radio controller rushed by me to the radio. “Kingston radio
calling Mustang?” He looked back to us as he waited for an acknowledgment.
The radio crackled, “Kingston radio, go ahead.” “Roger Mustang. Kingston
radio would like to advise the circuit is clear for a low level pass.” I
stood in shock because the controller had, more or less, just asked the
pilot to return for an impromptu air show!
The controller looked at us. “What?” He asked. “I can't let that guy go
without asking . . . I couldn't forgive myself!” The radio crackled once
again, “Kingston radio, do I have permission for a low level pass, east to
west, across the field?” “Roger Mustang, the circuit is clear for an east
to west pass.” “Roger, Kingston radio, we're coming out of 3000 feet,
stand by.” We rushed back onto the second-story deck, eyes fixed toward
the eastern haze.
The sound was subtle at first, a high-pitched whine, a muffled screech, a
distant scream. Moments later the P-51 burst through the haze . . . her
airframe straining against positive Gs and gravity, wing tips spilling
contrails of condensed air, prop-tips again supersonic as the burnished
bird blasted across the eastern margin of the field shredding and tearing
At about 400 Mph and 150 yards from where we stood she passed with an old
American pilot saluting . . . imagine . . . a salute. I felt like
laughing, I felt like crying. She glistened, she screamed, the building
shook, my heart pounded . . . then the old pilot pulled her up . . . and
rolled, and rolled, and rolled out of sight into the broken clouds and
indelibly into my memory.
I've never wanted to be an American more than on that day. It was a time
when many nations in the world looked to America as their big brother, a
steady and even-handed beacon of security who navigated difficult
political water with grace and style; not unlike the pilot who'd just
flown into my memory. He was proud, not arrogant, humble, not a braggart,
old and honest projecting an aura of America at its best. That America
will return one day, I know it will.
Until that time, I'll just send off a story; call it a reciprocal salute,
to the old American pilot who wove a memory for a young Canadian that's
stayed a lifetime.
By Lea MacDonald
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 84:11-12 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give
grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk
uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
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Today's Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
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God’s Work Ministry