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Off We Go

October 26, 2012 by  
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I can remember flying a couple of times when I was a child, and those trips were great. I’m not talking about “tie a blanket around your neck and jump off the roof and land straight in the emergency room” flying. I’m talking about real airplanes with real flight attendants (we used to call them “stewardesses” back when we were uncivilized). It was a real treat… pillows and snacks for everyone, comfortable seats, and a set of wings from the pilot. Some kids even got to go up into the cockpit during the flights.


Fast forward a bunch of years, and I found myself solidly in middle-management for a major corporation. That meant a lot of travel. Flying now (both before and after 9/11) is nothing like it used to be. Cramped seats (admittedly, I’m a little taller now than I was way back then) and long flights became the norm. Once, I did try to go to the cockpit and ask the pilot for some plastic wings to wear on my suit. That didn’t turn out so well. Who knew that automatic defibrillators were just as effective as Tasers?

After a while, I dreaded having anything to do with airplanes. Whether it was dealing with security, trying to find a spot in the overhead bin for my carry-on, or playing the “maybe if I don’t look at him he won’t sit in the seat next to me” game, being around airplanes had lost all of the fun.

But once a year, I get to act like a kid again. There’s an airshow not far from us that features primarily WW2 aircraft. This year there was a B-17, B-25, and a couple of P-51 Mustangs, among plenty of others. To see these planes in the air, and hear the roar of their engines, is a thing of beauty. They’re all polished up and painted, shining brightly against the sky. I could watch them all day.

But as I looked at some of the photos I took, I was reminded of what these aircraft really were. They were weapons, meant to fight battles. They weren’t designed to be beautiful, they were designed to be effective at what they did.

Beautiful things are sometimes the most fearsome weapons. The vast majority of American homes have such a weapon in them. All too often, the Bible just sits there, gathering dust, because the owner doesn’t even know he’s in a battle.

There’s no doubt that the Bible is a thing of beauty. Read the 23rd Psalm or 1 Corinthians 13. But we are also told that it is a weapon. Take a look at Hebrews 4:12.

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

The Bible shows us where we fall short. It points out where we need help, and it gives us the instructions we are to follow. But it does so much more. That sword is to be used against our enemy. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We have a true enemy, but we have all we need to defeat him.

When Jesus was tempted, He responded with “it is written…”. He used the Word of God to respond to Satan. Are we to do less? The beautiful Lamb of God is also the powerful and mighty Lion of Judah, able to to win the battle and end the war. The victory is sure.

Thank God.



After years in the big city corporate world, Tom Threadgill now lives in a small rural community in the South. When he’s not pretending to write, he spends his time piddling in his yard while his wife and dog watch with complete disinterest. He can be reached through his website,

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