Flying Low

Saturday, June 9, 2018
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Genesis 11:5 – But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. (NLT)

They popped over the tree tops and whizzed along the top of the field.

When I was a young lad, crop dusters were common where there was flat farmland. Fields were planted with cotton, corn, and soybeans. Laws preventing certain chemicals — that we now know cause cancer and other diseases — had not been passed, so farmers and crop dusters spread poison to protect their cotton crops.

Sitting on the front porch at my grandfather's farm and watching planes crop dust the neighbouring fields was one of my favourite activities. From out of nowhere, the plane would appear at treetop level, drop to just above the cotton, disperse its load, and then pull up just before reaching power lines, homes, or trees. Enduring the stench of the poison was almost more than I could bear, but it was worth it to see this acrobat's antics.

There was a time long ago when God came in low — a time when a number of people got together and decided that they would build the tower of Babel. Seemingly, it was an innocent task … until one reads the rest of the story. Doing so was about selfishness and pagan worship. God dropped a load on them — not poison, but the confusion of their languages — and thus came the end of their project.

A few thousand years later, God came in low again, when He allowed His Son to take on human flesh and die for humanity's sins. But He didn't stop with that. After Jesus ascended back into heaven, God sent His Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and the church was born. The psalmist had it right when he said, "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives." (Psalm 37:23 NLT)

As I delighted in watching the crop dusters fly low, so also I enjoy knowing that God flies low into my life's experiences — and not only into mine, but into those of everyone who will call on Him. He's never too busy, nor is He ever unconcerned. What concerns me — no matter how insignificant — concerns my Creator. He has the ability to come down for my needs and everyone else's at the same time. I don't have to take a number or wait in line. My God flies in so low that I can reach up and touch His grace, mercy, and assistance at any time that I choose.

Let God fly low into every detail of your life.

Prayer: Father, give us faith to reach out for You in every circumstance of our lives, knowing that You are as low as the stretch of our fingertips. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Martin for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Amen Martin. Good analogy.

    I love the idea of God flying low, into our lives.
    Thank you.

    Great devotional Martin. Loved the thought for the day as well – money talks but it doesn’t say when it’s coming back – how true is that.

    Hi Martin
    thanks, this gives so much comfort and reassurance!!!
    God bless.

    Well done. Living on the Manitoba prairies, I am also a duster watcher. I never thought of God swooping low though. Great! My God of thin places has just added a dimension. Thank you.

    I really enjoyed your devotion. Like you I enjoy watching the crop duster planes in our area.
    God protects the pilots as well as all of his children whether we think we deserve it or not.
    God bless you and your work spreading His message.

    Martin, thank you! What a great analogy and what a wonderful exhortation!

    To Martin Wiles:
    It’s interesting how you used different parts of the crop-dusting process to bring out different truths in this devotional.
    I grew up on a farm in southern Manitoba and still live in the area. We still have planes swoop down over crops causing me to pray for the safety of the pilots and for us people in the towns, over whom they make their turns while ascending and descending.
    Keep writing.


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