From the Internet comes this story:
My backseater Walt and I were screaming across Southern California 13 miles high in a SR-71. We were monitoring radio transmissions from other aircraft as we entered Los Angeles airspace. Though they didn’t really control us, they did monitor our movement across their scope.
I heard a Cessna ask for a readout of its groundspeed. “90 knots,” Center replied. Moments later, a Twin Beech requested the same. “120 knots,” Center answered.
We weren’t the only ones proud of our groundspeed that day as almost instantly an F-18 smugly transmitted, “Ah, Center, Dusty 52 requests groundspeed readout.” There was a slight pause, then the response, “525 knots on the ground, Dusty.” Another silent pause.
I heard a familiar click of a radio transmission coming from my backseater. “Center, Aspen 20, you got a groundspeed readout for us?” There was a longer than normal pause. “Aspen, I show 1,742 knots.”
No further inquiries were heard on that frequency./1
In the Old West, speed was king, for the fastest draw of the gun kept a man standing. So we shouldn’t be suprised that speed continues to fascinate and dominate.
Let speed take us back to the original record-breaker for velocity:
“He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly” (Psalm 147:15 ESV).
Like a messenger scurrying to deliver an important dispatch, God’s word swiftly reaches its destination/2 and accomplishes the task its owner desires.
This word of his oversees the world and blesses his people.
So let us not think that the Lord delays in his deliberations or keeps from us what he promises.
The Creator of the universe is agile in what he does. Let us be agile in our obedience to him.
That will be two speed readouts that no one will dispute.
1/ http://www.witandwisdom.org/archive/20060627.htm. Edited for brevity.
2/ See the NET Bible translation of the verse: “He sends his command through the earth; swiftly his order reaches its destination.”
The Creator of the universe is agile in what he does.