Kitty Hawk to Black Bird

Pastor Tom Townsend Shares

My wife and I enjoy visiting many of the wonderful places that are located in Southwest Michigan. Some of our favorites are the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo and the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. We love to see the planes and cars of days gone by and to learn about the history of these great industries.

On one of our visits to the Air Zoo, our guide stopped us as we were about to end our tour. He said, “Look to your left. What do you see?”

We did as we were told and observed a replica of Kitty Hawk, the first airplane to sustain flight.

“Now,” he said, “What do you see in front of you?”

It was obvious. In front of us was one of the most sophisticated airplanes ever built – the SR-71 Black Bird, a high altitude reconnaissance airplane – which was once a super-secret, intelligence-gathering marvel.

Then he gave us the “kicker.” He said, “60 years.” There was less than 60 years between Kitty Hawk, (1903 vintage) the simplest of flying machines, and Black Bird, (1960 era), one of the most complex and complicated aircraft every to darken the skies. Wow! How time flies! (Pun intended)

This realization caused me to stop and think about my life. Where has the time gone?

The Bible says, “Life is but a vapor, it appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). The Psalmist encourages us to “number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). What have I done to grow and mature and develop? Are those around me able to observe my life and see that I am continuing to “grow up” and “age well?”

How about you? Someone once said, “Only one life, will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” What are you doing to grow and mature as you see your life “fly by?”

Pressing Toward the Mark,

Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14