What was intended for harm…
The two big radial engines start up and the two propellers bat at the air. Rat-t-t-t – the noise increase as the pilot gives the old war bird more throttle.
Planes built for war have found a new purpose in a new battle. The mechanics and the internal operations are all the same. It’s only the purpose that has changed. Planes that once carried bombs were converted to forest fire fighting air-tanker/water-bombers not long after they were sold as surplus equipment following their decommissioning.
Fully loaded with fuel and the orange coloured forest fire fighting water, the old plane shakes and vibrates like a dog coming out of the water as it slowly rolls down the tarmac to the runway. A second air-tanker starts up and shortly follows the first towards the runway, then a third follows, and then a fourth. On reaching the runway the first pilot turns and holds at the runway starting point. He tests the flight controls and throttles up the engines to full power. With all these engines roaring, the noise level is intense. Releasing the brakes, the plane and its load accelerates down the runway. The noise and the power causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up.
Speeding toward the end of the runway the wheels lift off the ground, the gear goes up, and the aircraft heads toward the smoke filled horizon. Each tanker quickly takes its turn and follows the first to the smoke. This scene is repeated time and again throughout the days, weeks, and months as this year’s forest fires burn through the dry forests.
Its a different kind of war than what these planes were designed for. Rather than spewing destruction from their bellies the planes are now working to combat the spread of destruction. Out of their bellies flows a completely different stream! Is this not like Genesis 50:20; “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Our old lives, along with our old thoughts and old language of harm and destruction has been decommissioned. We are new creations. Our mortal bodies still carry us about but our “bellies” contain something entirely new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor.5:17)
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)