Since moving to the Boise, ID area, we’ve noticed more windy summer days than not. While we enjoy pleasant, consistent airflow indoors (thank God for air conditioning!), it’s amazing to watch birds navigate the blustery skies. But what about airplanes?

Sometime ago, I found this interesting article:

“During our tour of an aircraft carrier, a jet fighter pilot explained that planes need a 56-kilometer-per-hour wind to take off on such a short runway. To reach this steady breeze, the captain turns his ship into the wind. “’Shouldn’t the wind come from the plane’s back?’” I asked. The pilot answered, “’No. The jets must fly into the wind. That’s the only way to achieve lift.’”

“God called Joshua to lead His people into the “winds” that awaited them in the promised land. Joshua required two things. Internally, he needed to “be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7); and externally, he needed challenges. This included the daily task of leading thousands of Israelites, facing walled cities (6:1–5), demoralizing defeats (7:3–5), Achan’s theft (vv. 16–26), and continual battles (chs. 10–11).

“The wind that blew in Joshua’s face would lift his life as long as his thrust came from God’s instructions. God said he must “be careful to obey all the law . . . do not turn from it to the right or to the left . . . meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (1:7–8).

“Are you resolved to follow God’s ways, no matter what? Then look for challenges. Fly boldly into the wind and see your spirit soar.”

I pray that you allow Jesus to be the wind beneath your wings. Whatever adventure He has for you and wherever He sends you, He’ll give you a lift.  🙂

Article written by Mike Wittmer*

Reposted by author eMarie)

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* Mike posted this article posted on FB 2/2022


16 Replies to “NEED A LIFT?”

    1. I love how God imparts the right word at the right time, reminding us that we are always on His mind!!! He loves you and will care for every little and big thing in our lives!!! Blessings and hugs,
      Erma 🙂

  1. Great post, Erma. I know it sounds crazy, but I lost my first home to a windstorm (a mobile home), and I still love the wind! Love to hear the way the house creaks in the wind, the way it blows rain against the windows, the whistle wind makes through the trees, the way it sends tumble weeds skittering down the road.

    1. I love hearing the wind too! I also love the Bible verse that includes how we don’t see the wind but we know it’s there – just as the Lord is there, even when we don’t see or feel Him!!! Thanks for stopping by, Patti! 🙂

  2. Lift only works for a jet if there is forward momentum to go with it. You can stand facing the wind all day, but if your feet don’t move, you’re not going anywhere. The same is true with God. We can know everything He says, believe everything, accept everything, But until we step out in faith…move down the runway with Him, we won’t accomplish the life He has for us. Joshua let the Lord lift Him AS he crossed the Jordan. AS he marched around Jericho. AS he fought the battles in the Promised Land. God WILL lift us. But we have to be willing to be lifted, to step forward, to move in accordance with His will. His part, our part. He can do it all without us, of course. But He calls us to participate with Him.

    1. Amen!! He is soo gracious to want our participation!!! He doesn’t need it, but He desires to have us participate with Him!!! Amazing, loving God!! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the reminder that the difficulties and challenges we face can be to our benefit in the long run as God shapes us into the people He would have us be. He sees the big picture, even when we don’t.

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