Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #146 Countdown…
The word countdown evokes a number of different thoughts for me this morning. I have a sense of the clock counting down to a city-wide prayer service that we are having for our schools this evening, and I need to get my message finished. There is another countdown that lots of Americans feel about the hurricane churning in the Gulf of Mexico headed toward New Orleans as we remember the devastating hurricane, Katrina. It’s nearly seven years to the day of the expected landfall of the hurricane Isaac. I’ve also been thinking about the passing of a true American legend – Neil Armstrong. He grew up in Ohio, went to college in Indiana, served our country honorably, and then courageously guided the Eagle lander to the surface of the moon. I remember watching the countdown of the launch on TV in the basement of my boyhood home in Michigan and the scene of the first human step on the moon as the scene was broadcast from every network. What an amazing accomplishment.
Years later I toured the NASA control room and looked at the Saturn V rocket on display in Florida. It is amazing when people can work together to accomplish something like this with what we would describe as low tech by today’s standards. Your smart phone probably has more computing capability than the lunar lander did. Where has that sense of working together for the common good gone? In a frightening passage from the prophet Isaiah (24:8-9) we read,
The joyful timbrels are stilled,
the noise of the revelers has stopped,
the joyful harp is silent.
No longer do they drink wine with a song;
the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
There is a self imposed punishment that we receive for our neglect of things that are vital. It can apply to our environment, relationships, national unity, family structures, and even personal care. Excesses of environmental gluttony and political animus will lead to our downfall if we can’t hear or see the countdown clock. Taking personal responsibility and trusting the Creator are crucial to how you will meet the challenges that lay ahead. Life is never an easy road but you can travel it when you travel with the One who creates and sustains you for the journey. Spiritual Coaching reminds us of where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. It is not a frightening thing – it is a road we travel with faith and trust. “Shoot for the moon,” is a good saying to remember these days. Thanks Mission Commander, Neil Armstrong – help us to remember.