We all want to fly

When asked why he had done it Larry Walters replied ‘It was something I had to do. I had this dream for twenty years, and if I hadn’t done it, I think I would have ended up in the funny farm.’  Larry just wanted to be someone.  He wanted to make his mark on the world.  Like all of us he wanted to be significant.


His dream was to fly but poor eyesight prevented him from joining the airforce.  Undeterred, Larry built his own airship from a lawn chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons.  On 2nd July 1982, equipped with only a pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, beer, and a camera, he cut the ropes and took off. Passing two commercial airliners on the way up Larry rapidly ascended to 15,000’.


Despite being arrested as soon as he touched down, Larry did achieve his dream of flying.  Whether he achieved the significance he longed for is open to question.


Fortunately, the Bible says that our significance as humans is achieved not by our ascending but by One who chose to descend; John’s Gospel recording that Jesus ‘came down from heaven’ and that he did so because He ‘so loved the world.’

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