[Above all love each other deeply]
I goofed. I put my foot in my mouth.
No, this is an understatement, I put both hands and feet in my mouth. Basically all of my limbs were in my mouth.
You could say that I was a human basketball, and I didn’t make a slam dunk. However, God did. How does He do that? How does He take my mistakes and turn them into something beautiful?
For the sake of my “flying lessons” I’m chalking this one up to “wind shear” because it shook me good. It shook my friend good too.
Turbulence and Wind Shear
Did you know that there are three main types of naturally occurring air-turbulence? Neither did I.
The first of these is called convective turbulence. It’s caused by thunderstorms. It’s said to be relatively easy to avoid because the weather is visible.
The second is called clear-air turbulence. (CAT) This is apparently the most common type of turbulence. It’s caused by wind shear—streams of air traveling at different velocities or in different directions. It can jostle a plane from side to side as well as up and down. In other words, you’re totally caught off guard and unprepared.
Last, but not least, you’ve got your mountain-wave turbulence, which is similar to wind shear and occurs downstream from a mountain range. The terrain can sometimes cause the wind to oscillate, resulting mostly in an up-down movement of the plane.
Being the proud parent of two beautiful kitties, and the fact that I can be very much cat-like, I find this lesson a little a-mew-zing. My Jesus always makes my lessons eye catching, and He knows how to make me smile.
I did in fact experience some CAT turbulence, but that mountain wave turbulence is also speaking to me. Things aren’t just happening in my own life. There’s a lot going on around us too, so things are coming at us from different directions.
It’s Easy To Lose Altitude When life Bears Down On You
The thing about CAT turbulence is that it does catch you off guard. It pounces on you even.
Because we’re all developing at different speeds, (some even stop moving forward, or go backwards) and we all have different giftings, we can become impatient with one another, judge one another, generally get under one another’s skin, or unintentionally hurt someone. We may also offend.
As God’s kids we’ve all been given spiritual gifts. These gifts are meant to build up the Family of Christ, but when used unwisely, wind shear can result between both the giver and the receiver.
As Scripture puts it, those who follow Jesus are all part of one body. The parts should be working together, but this isn’t always the case. The hand may develop a mind of its own. Instead of being helpful it can pluck out an eye. This won’t do. We need each other, so it’s important to learn from our mistakes. (1 Corinthians 12)
Those Weaker Parts
I love how the verse in the link above points out that the weaker parts of the body are the ones we can’t do without. Looking at the church this makes sense. We’re told to accept the weak and bear their infirmities. (Romans 14:1, Romans 15:2) We learn to love one another by taking care of those who are weaker than us. If we don’t learn to give and take the whole body is weakened.
We also need the reminder that without love our gifts are essentially useless. This is why giftings and love are spoken of together. This makes loving one another deeply so important. (1 Corinthians 13)
“..And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Speaking the Truth with Love
This is where I went wrong. I spoke too soon. I didn’t pray. I regret it too, so I did apologize. (Profusely even. I felt so bad.)
I’m not patient, and I have a lot to learn. I was desperately trying to avoid life’s turbulence, but unfortunately too many things were coming at me, so I was emotionally charged. When I realized I had goofed, I did get away and pray. Thankfully God did work it for good as Scripture says He does. (Romans 8:28)
Accepting the Truth
On the flip side, we also have to learn to accept the truth. In fact we can be downright feisty or put off by it. However, listening is part of love as well. It goes right along with being humble and gentle. (Ephesians 4:2)
All of us are moving along at different rates and speeds. This makes wind shear inevitable. It also makes forgiveness that much more important.
For King & Country has is right: there’s a kind of love that God only knows. We’d be wise to lean on our Savior as opposed to our own understanding, and continue to advance forward.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” –1 Peter 4:8
Air turbulence facts were sourced from: