What do Believers have in common with the Falcon 9?
Not a very common question, I’m sure. But, I was watching a SpaceX launch not long ago, and the announcer mentioned that the rocket being sent into space had already flown on a mission. SpaceX is refurbishing and reusing its rockets to save money. The first stage boosts the payload through the atmosphere, then disconnects to let the second stage complete the flight on to orbit. Instead of burning in, or crashing into the ocean like countless other rockets have done over the decades, Falcon’s first stage flies itself to a landing pad and lands itself standing up right, just like they did in the movies when I was a kid. The rocket is then repaired, and refitted for its next flight.
I got to thinking about that and realized that believers are a lot like that rocket.
I’ve talked with many folks over the years about where they stand with God, and more times than I can count, I hear an all-to-familiar story. They went to church when they were young. Some of them even got saved and baptized when they were young, but as they got older, they stopped going to church, lost interest, and now they feel they are used up.
But God doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t give up on His children, even if they try to give up on Him. When talking about his fellow countrymen abandoning God, Moses reminds then that “H will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8). Much later, Jesus doubled down on that: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
No matter how run down we feel, no matter how beat up and broken, we have the promise that we are never alone, and that we are still wanted by God. He can use anyone. All we
need to do is let Him refurbish us, and then agree to let Him launch us into the adventure He has planned for us.
Grace and Peace,