The Damaged Wing

Movies featuring plane problems and crashes have struck fear into many hearts. As a result, some dread looking out the window in fear of noticing a problem with the plane. Years ago, a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and noticed that a chunk was missing from the wing! Even worse was the little note written above it which read, “We know about this.”

Apparently, the wing had been damaged during a previous flight so the mechanics trimmed off the damaged section. According to FAA standards, this practice is allowed until it can be fully repaired. Since the damage was small, the plane was cleared to take off. Tiring of all the reports at each stop, the mechanics decide to write a message on the wing itself to inform the inspection teams that they knew of the problem.  One expert was interviewed and admitted that he wouldn’t have been comfortable flying the plane with the damage to the wing unless he had been sufficiently assured it was safe (CNN). Though everything turned out alright, this seemed like a risk, though small, that didn’t need to be taken.

We encounter risks every day. Some are avoidable and some are not. However, surely we can agree that it is not wise to put ourselves in unnecessary danger, especially those of spiritual risk. Sometimes we tolerate “small sins,” but these sins tend to grow into much larger problems. We tolerate bad influences from school, work, and friends, but these influences can draw us away from the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Not only should we pray as Jesus did, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13), but we should also have the courage to make the necessary changes (Psalm 37:27-28). Are you at risk spiritually? It may be time for some spiritual repairs.

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