EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s article is written by Pastor Don Long.
I recently read how the Boeing company finished a labor of love — the complete restoration of the last existing 307 Stratoliner, the world’s first pressurized commercial airliner. A vintage loom was used to reproduce the original Pan Am wall fabric; an expert interior company put in the flooring, carpeting and paneling to the exact specifications, and they even imported Scottish leather for the single-aisle and crew seats. All the light fixtures, bulkheads and trims were manufactured from original engineering drawings. Everything was done to perfection.
Six months later the restored airplane took off from Seattle, scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C., to be the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. The aircraft crash-landed in Seattle’s Elliot Bay shortly after take-off. The initial issue was with a landing-gear warning light, but other problems quickly developed. Was it the 1940s-era engines, or did something go wrong with the tired metal of the aircraft’s shell? No, everything worked without a hitch. The problem was an operator error; the crew had failed to refuel the engines.
Summer is almost here and you’re probably thinking about vacation, relaxation and renewal. I’m thinking about getting some time away to rest and restore. But it’s funny how sometimes I come home from vacation thinking I need a vacation to recover from my vacation. It seems modern attempts to renew and restore can be like Boeing’s attempt to restore the old 307 Stratoliner — we make it look good on the outside but forget the basics of fueling up on the inside. We rest our bodies but we don’t renew our minds. Ephesians 4 says, “You were taught to … be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
I hope you make time to relax and rest this summer, and while you’re at it, I hope you find ways to be renewed in the spirit of your mind as well.