Tinkering is like prayer


stealth fighterWhen he was kid, my dad turned on his model airplane engine in the garage to let it run a while and unwittingly splattered oil all over the walls. His dad, my grandfather, bawled him out.

The maiden flight was a failure. My dad was discouraged but kept tinkering. Eventually, he graduated from Berkeley and worked at Lockheed’s super secret skunkworks in Rye Canyon. He worked on the now-outmoded stealth fighter, which crashed in test flight and very nearly killed the pilot.

Eventually, the engineers got it right, and the strike plane was used against Iraq, its radar-evading technology confounded enemies. Tinkering won the day.

Tinkering reminds me of prayer, which people view as a waste of time. True, we Americans are very busy. But time spent with God is never wasted.

Prayer is like research and development, cutting edge change, because you are consulting the all powerful God.

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7 responses to “Tinkering is like prayer

  1. Awesome point good sir! VERY well written.

  2. May all our “tinkering” be fruitful ……..

  3. I like your last paragraph very much, but “tinkering” seems a little light when we’re talking about fellowship with the Creator of the universe! Certainly, time spent in genuine prayer is never wasted, but pro forma prayer is just words.

  4. “History belongs to the intercessor.” – Walter Wink

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