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The law of aerodynamics

When I left college in 1975 I took up my first teaching post in Lancaster. Just a few miles away there was a well known Bible School  which often held mid-week meetings. The Pastoral Dean of Capernwray at the time was Alan Redpath. I can't recall just how I ended up one day being invited to tea at his house. During the meal he shared with me the following story which has greatly inspired me over the years.

Being an international speaker Alan was frequently invited to speak in America. In those days Boeing 707's were the most common plane used to fly to American. Alan retold to me his experience of his first fight. He had been quite anxious about flying and had done some research into how this giant plane was able to fly. He discovered that it took 66 seconds for the plane to reach the speed required to release the plane from the forces of gravity which had held it on the ground and to allow another force to take over and hold it in the air until the speed was reduced in order to land. Alan explained that this superior law was know as the law of aerodynamics. He compared this law to the power of faith. 

This simple story about the power of faith over fear has been a constant challenge to me over the years. Because faith is so precious there are many forces at work that seek to destroy it. A friend gave me this verse and I hope you will find it helpful.



Doubt sees the obstacles.
Faith Sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night.
Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step.
Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions "Who believes?"
Faith answers "I".

Author unknown.


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