This summer I had the privilege of travelling to Uganda on a mission trip. The journey itself was a new experience for me. I have flown before but never overseas nor for so long. Today I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I experienced in the aircraft. From 30,000 feet I saw the vast, Atlantic Ocean; the white, sandy desert of Northern Africa; beautiful mountains, hillsides, towns, villages, and cities in Great Britain, Canada, and the USA. I stayed warm in the cabin as the temperature outside the jet was -30. All this and more because engineers, assembly line workers, mechanics, pilots, air traffic controllers, and countless other people obeyed the laws of physics, aerodynamics, safety regulations, international treaties, and other laws I can’t even imagine.
This summer, I soared to heights that human beings couldn’t imagine possible for most of history. I travelled vast distances in a time span that would have staggered people when the Cubs won their previous World Series in 1908. I was free to travel and experience so much because laws were respected and obeyed.
When I read Isaiah 40:31 and pray to gain strength and “mount up with wings as eagles” I can only hope to do so because I know, love, respect, and live within the laws that my loving, gracious God has set before me. When I think of the freedom I have because of the Cross, I know that Jesus has set me free from the tyranny and restraint of sin. He has set me free and I can rejoice in all that God has given me by grace through faith as a redeemed, bond-slave of God.
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