Last week at Bible Study we heard a story~ I just had to share with you. Lawn Chair Larry (Larry Walters of Los Angeles) always wanted to fly so he joined the Air Force. Due to poor eyesight he was never given the chance to see his dream come true. After he was discharged he would sit in his back yard and watch jets fly over his head.
While sitting in his comfortable Sears lawn chair he came up with a plan. He decided to purchase 45 weather balloons from the Army Surplus Store. He filled the four-foot in diameter balloons with helium. Grabbed himself some snacks, a pellet gun and tied himself and those balloons to his lawn chair.
His plan was to pop a few balloons at a time when he wanted to land. He planned on floating over his back yard and enjoying a lazy float 30 feet above ground. Only his plan did not work out so well. Here~ I say he must have been crazy! When his friends cut the chord that anchored him to his jeep he shot up to the LA sky like a canon~ so they say.
He leveled off at 16,000 feet. I would have already died of a heart attack. Can you imagine? At that height he was smart enough to know he would be in grave danger if he started shooting those balloons. So he drifted ~ cold and afraid with his beer and sandwiches for 14 hours.
Hold on ~ it gets even worse. He drifted into the LAX fly zone where pilots started reporting the strange sighting of the day. They began with, "You are not going to believe this!"
He eventually worked up the nerve to start shooting the balloons for his slow descend. He landed on a power line and darkened a Long Beach neighborhood. He was able to climb to safety where LAPD were waiting to arrest him. A reporter asked Larry in handcuffs why he had done such a thing. Larry replied, "A man can't just sit around."
The Federal Aviation Administration was not amused. Safety Inspector Neal Savoy said, "We know he broke some part of the Federal Aviation Act, and as soon as we decide which part it is, a charge will be filed."
You know he was right~ A man can't just sit there.
Our Bible Study ~ "When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box" has magically came just at the right time in my life. I have been a stay-at-home ~ homeschool mom for most my life. I am asking the question~ "Now what?" I have worked many part-time jobs along the way but now my purpose in life is gone. What is my new calling? I want to do something that has purpose and meaning for eternity.
John Ortberg has a way of getting you to think deep about why we are here on this earth. He says~ "When did God interrupt someone's life and ask them to do an easy thing?" He asked Abraham to leave his country and go not knowing where he was going, Abraham's sign from God was circumcision. Maybe Abraham should have asked God why Noah received the beautiful sign of a bright rainbow painted across the sky.
You never hear at a funeral:
"He made a lot of money."
"He had great stuff."
"He was successful because of his job."
You get my point. What is God calling you and me to do today? I seem to be searching and looking for a great call now that I am a retired homeschool mom. I feel a restlessness inside that God has a special job that I am to do but I can't find it. In the stillness of my house this morning He is speaking to me. His still small voice has reassured me that I am to start with what is in my hands to do today. That includes making cupcakes with sprinkles for Vacation Bible School, canning pints and pints of salsa, praying for my husband as he embarks on a new school year, praying for each of my children as they walk their walk today…… and on and on it goes. I will be a light in my little corner. I will share my Jesus with any and all who cross my path.
And when given the chance I am ready to roll the dice and take a chance at whatever God may bring my way~ For a man can't just sit there!