I’m quite fascinated with a story I read recently and which is detailed below. The moral of the story is that, some little problems, threats, challenges have the potential to do grave damage … but often cannot survive as we step higher into God’s divine presence.
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THE MODERN airliner on the runway was a beauty. It was equipped with the latest equipment and missiles. It could fly at supersonic speeds and quickly race to great heights. If an enemy plane were in the vicinity, the jet's pilot could raze that plane miles away, before the plane's pilot could even see him!
The pilot climbed into the jet and off he flew, leaving the earth far behind as he soared above the clouds. He straightened himself in his seat, naturally proud of his jet and of himself for qualifying to fly such a stylish mode of transportation.
However, after he reached cruising altitude, the pilot heard a strange noise. He took off his helmet, and recognized the sound - it sounded like someone gnawing on rubber or plastic. Looking closely down below the instrument panel, to his horror the pilot saw a rat, out of his reach and gnawing on the main electrical wire between the jet's controls and its engine. If the rat were to cut through that line, the jet would zigzag out of control and crash in a few seconds.
The pilot's first instinct was to descend - to force an emergency landing. But he realized it was too late. He was too high up and there was not enough time to land. So he decided to ascend - maybe the rat would not survive at a higher altitude.
The pilot put on his oxygen mask, boosted power to the jet's engine, and quickly rose as high as he could go. Soon enough the gnawing sound ended. When the pilot landed safely, he found the rat - dead. (Story by Rich MacLawHorn)
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