Monday, July 24, 2017


I Was Just Thinking About – WRONG WAY CORRIGAN.

Douglas Corrigan was among the mechanics who had worked on Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis aircraft in 1927.  In 1938, he bought a 1929 Curtiss Robin aircraft off a trash heap, rebuilt it, and modified it for long-distance flight. In July 1938, Corrigan piloted the single-engine plane nonstop from California to New York. His goal was to attempt a trans-Atlantic flight. Aviation authorities deemed it a suicide flight. Instead, they would allow Corrigan to fly back to the West Coast, and on July 17 he took off from Floyd Bennett field, ostentatiously pointed west. However, a few minutes later, he made a 180-degree turn and vanished into a cloudbank to the puzzlement of a few onlookers. Twenty-eight hours later, Corrigan landed his plane in Dublin, Ireland, stepped out of his plane, and exclaimed, “Just got in from New York. Where am I?” He claimed that he lost his direction in the clouds and that his compass had malfunctioned. His “wrong way” was deliberate.

However, a person can be in a place where they are unexpectedly lost. This occurred one dark and misty night as my wife and I travelled on a road we had used before. At a crucial point where we needed to turn left, on-coming cars, with their upper beams on, prevented us from seeing a crucial turn we needed to make. As we travelled on, it soon became apparent we were on a wrong road. The paved road was now dirt and gravel. The road was becoming more and more narrow with deep ditches on either side of the road. We stopped and decided we needed to get turned around and try to locate the road we needed to be on. It occurred to us that it is much easier to try to proceed on the wrong road than it is to get turned around and be on the correct one. Very carefully, we started to back down the narrow road with deep ditches on either side. Only our backup lights granted us any indication of how the slow progress was going. We finally got to a place where we could maneuver the vehicle and get it turned around. With a sigh of relief and gratitude, we did so.

Some Scripture has come to mind since that experience. Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” Also, Jesus stated forthrightly, Luke 13:3, (NIV) “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (AMP) “Unless you repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways and live changed lives], you will all likewise perish.” In other words, if one hopes to enter God’s heaven, he or she must get turned around and head in the direction of God alone. Psalm 1:1 states what is necessary and required: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” This is God’s right and only way to please Him and to be on the right path rather than the wrong way.

Prayerfully – consider these things with me.


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