History was made on Sunday. For the third time in a week the Airbus Perlan Mission II Glider flew in the stratosphere above Patagonia and for the third time in a week, it broke its own world record. This time it flew higher than the famous U2 - the Air Force's reconnaissance aircraft that climbed to 73,737 feet in 1989. With only rare stratospheric air currents to power it, this glider soared to a remarkable 76,124 feet. Of course, it has yet to break the record created by the SR-71 Blackbird at 85,069 feet, but since the glider is designed to fly up to 90,000 feet, it's simply a matter of time.
It's baffling to me how an aircraft weighing only 1,500 pounds and lacking an engine can meet and surpass the records held by much larger aircraft with powerful engines. Yet the engineers and pilots at Airbus have managed to harness the wind, a force that can be deadly and wreak terrible destruction, and are using it to cause the glider to soar higher than any glider before it. Isn't it the same in our lives? There are those around us who seem to have it all together. They are equipped with the latest and greatest and have the thrust behind them to catapult them to great heights. And then there's the wind. Our lives aren't easy and it sometimes feels like we are battling a hurricane. But as a child of God, we can look at the storms around us and smile into the wind because we know that God can turn the things that could kill us into something He can harness. We believe the promise found in the book of Isaiah, "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). Allow God to harness the wind in your life and cause you to soar higher than anything has ever soared before.