Flying through the air in an ejected, fighter-jet seat wasn’t on the man’s agenda for the day.
Employees from his firm thought it would be a great idea to surprise the unnamed, 64-year-old French man with a jet ride.
As soon as he realized what was taking place, he started to panic.
After being talked into getting into one of the three jets which would be participating in the training exercise, his pulse rate began to accelerate, based on the reading from his smartwatch.
At one point, at 2500 feet, the pilot of the jet began to go into a steep climb. That’s when the passenger panicked and decided that he should find something to grab on to.
The “something” turned out to be the ejection lever.
The man’s helmet was not secured well and came off as soon as he catapulted out of the plane.
He finally landed in a field near the German border. The former passenger only sustained minor injuries (CNN, April 14, 2020).
There may be times when a Christian may feel like he is being taken for a wild ride as he tries to navigate through the turbulence of the world.
That is definitely not the time to pull the “ejection lever!”
A Christian puts himself in grave spiritual danger when he ejects himself from various activities revolving around the church.
- Ejecting oneself from Bible classes eliminates opportunities to grow together in knowledge of God’s Word as Christian brethren come together to learn.
- Ejecting oneself from personal Bible study eliminates the opportunity for personal growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:18).
- Ejecting oneself from attending worship services eliminates the opportunity for brothers and sisters to come together for the purpose of magnifying the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as well as teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16).
- Ejecting oneself from constant and consistent prayer eliminates the opportunities to put anxieties to rest and make requests known to God (Philippians 4:6).
The ejected passenger would have been much safer staying in the jet and relying on the experienced pilot to keep him safe.
The Christian is much safer staying in the church and relying on God’s perfect wisdom to guide him through life.