Today’s scripture: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Around the year 1900, there was much interest in aviation. Most attempts resulted in crashes, many in deaths. John Townsend Trowbridge published Darius Green and His Flying Machine to make fun of those aspiring to fly. In this poem, fourteen-year-old Darius Green has just crashed his homemade plane after taking off from the barn loft. He’s just regained consciousness. Near the end, two lines jump out at me:

Shall we notice the MORAL here? 

This is the moral: Stick to your sphere. 

In other words, don’t attempt to fly. As the newspapers said back then, “If God wanted man to fly He would have given him wings.”

As Christians, we were designed by God to discover, to push forward in obedience to Him. It’s easy to sit back and write poetry criticizing those who try. It’s harder to be the one blazing a new path. Aren’t you glad the Wright Brothers didn’t join the snickering masses of scoffers in their day?

Between 10:35am and noon on December 7, 1903, years of dedicated effort paid off as the brothers made four successful flights before a gust seriously damaged their plane. They did what most said couldn’t be done.

As you do what God has called you to do, don’t let the raised eyebrows and snide comments keep you from going forward for the Lord. Don’t be weary in well doing. God’s Word promises the payoff is coming someday.

There will come a time when you look back at your years of seemingly unrewarded faithfulness with great joy. I’ve seen the repaired original Wright Flyer on display at the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. It’s a monument to two brothers who wouldn’t give up.

God blesses faithfulness. That’s all He asks of us.

Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan