October 27, 2020

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:21

After two decades of lagging development in military aircraft following WWI, the threat of war in Europe created a sense of urgency among military leaders to catch up with the Axis powers.

In March 1939, the Army Air Corps sent forth a proposal to America’s aircraft manufacturers to design a medium bomber capable of flying up to 350 MPH, with a range of 3,000 miles, and capable of carrying a bomb load of 2,000 pounds. The contract went to the Glenn L. Martin Company, which produced one of the most advanced medium bombers of WWII, the B-26 Marauder. However, pressure to meet the Army’s deadlines forced Martin to go directly from the drawing board to production, without any testing of a prototype. This meant that the Army Air Corps pilots themselves, most inexperienced, would serve as test pilots. But the combination of inexperienced aircrews and an untested aircraft resulted in disaster.

The plane immediately proved extremely hard to handle, especially during takeoff and landing.This resulted in hundreds of crashes and fatalities.

The B-26 quickly earned nicknames such as “Widow Maker” and “Flying Coffin”. The B-26 became such an issue that Missouri Senator Harry S Truman called for an immediate cancellation of production and service. An aviator by the name of Jimmy Doolittle rescued the plane from oblivion and allowed it to prove its combat worthiness, though it required a lot modifications and the pilots extensive training. The early history of the B-26 underscored the desperate need for a testing and refinement phase of aircraft development before it is ever delivered to its war-fighting role.

Society has sold us the idea that there is no need for preparation and testing in life. So often we actually determine success based on how fast we can get from Point A to Point B. A lot of the time we even apply this mentality of “the quicker the better” to our spiritual growth.

The trouble with this philosophy is that it clashes with God’s plan and timetable. How many servants did God rush to produce and rush into service? I can’t think of any. If you look at the lives of Moses, Joshua, David, and the apostles— you'll see that God took His time. God exposed His future servants to loads of affliction and tribulation before He entrusted them with great responsibilities.

If you are in that place in your life right now, where it seems like you're going nowhere and you've been stuck in this season for too long... don’t consider yourself a failure. Don't see it as God not hearing you. See this for what it is - You are being tested and refined. Devote yourself to the present task God has given you and remain faithful at all times. Jesus promised us that whoever is faithful in little will be placed in charge of much. When it comes to His children, God invests a lot of time preparing us, testing us, and proving us. And He doesn't measure our success by how fast we get there, He measures it based on our faithfulness to Him.

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