Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reflections . . .

With my brother's prodding, I finally decided to read Nate Saint's story, Jungle Pilot. Since elementary school this has been a painful story for me to read. Everyone talks about martyrs in the Bible times but they don't realize this is still an ongoing issue. When reading Nate's bio in different literature and bible textbooks all I could ever think of was about his wife and family. The amount of love and faith in your Creator to 'go into all the world', the amount of forgiveness to minister to the same people who brutally murdered your loved ones . . . its unimaginable.

This quote really spoke to me. Nate starts by talking about all the equipment inside and outside of the plane--it looks pretty--but uses precious weight, fuel, and space.

""You know, lots of things are like that--they feel nice, or they look nice but they don't help us to get the job done. They hold us back, so we need to get rid of them. The job that the Lord Jesus Christ has for you and me is not an easy one. If you want to serve Him, if you want to help win others to Christ, you will have to choose one thing or another. It may be something you like very much but [is] something that will hold you back."

Characteristically, Nate turned this to spiritual illustration:

"When life's flight is over, and we unload our cargo at the other end, the fellow who got rid of unnecessary weight will have the most valuable cargo to present to the Lord. Not only that. There's another secret. Two airplanes may look alike, but one may be able to lift twice the load into the air. The difference is the horsepower of the engine. Bible reading is the power of the Christian life. Dead weight doesn't do you any good and a big plane with little horsepower doesn't go anywhere.""

This one grabbed my attention too!

"Nate often pondered upon the ways in which the Lord had been working. He wrote his friends at home:

"Have you noticed that when a man finds the will of the Lord for his life, there always seems to be an evident relationship between the talents or gifts or preparation the Lord has given him and the job the Lord has called him to do?

. . . When Marj and I first dedicated our lives for missionary service, we felt that our foregoing efforts and pursuits were entirely in the wrong direction. We were ready and counted all those things lost for Christ and the gospel. But as soon as we began serious preparation for the field, God called our attention to the heartbreaking lack of transportation in pioneer fields---fields where penetration is nearly impossible because of the physical barriers. Now we rejoice in God's gracious care for our lives even before they were entirely His---preparing us specifically and without any wasted motion for the job He had for us to do!""

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