Do you ever feel like life is spinning out of control?
These past four years have been some of the most intense years of my life. But even with deadlines met and my schedule fairly clear, I still tend to fill my life with activity.
My friend, Jodi Detrick, and I talk a lot about this problem.
We both want to be available to God. We want to say yes to every opportunity. But we’re learning the lesson Jodi writes about in today’s guest post…
It’s important to learn how to slow down.
Putting On the Brakes
On August 4, 2007, the Phoenix Mars Lander began its 422-million-mile flight from earth to the northern polar region of Mars where it touched down in a near-perfect landing on May 25th, 2008.
I grew up in the Space Race era, when exploration of the heavens was moving from comic book fantasy to scientific reality. Yet I’m still amazed that NASA scientists and engineers can create a craft able to withstand such an arduous trip and land precisely at their next targeted site of planetary exploration.
Traveling 422 million miles is no small feat. But what really floored me was learning that the Phoenix pierced the Martian atmosphere at about 12,500 mph, and within seven minutes decreased its speed to 5 mph before executing a “soft” landing on the Red Planet’s dusty surface. Did you catch that?? From over 12,000 mph to 5 mph in just seven minutes!!
A rocket scientist, I’m not. I freely admit that I’m not studied up on the physics of EDL (that’s entry, descent and landing, for you fellow-NASA novices), atmospheric friction, reverse thrusters, and the like. But I just keep thinking, I’d sure like to get my hands on a set of brakes like those! [Read more…]