I took my first airboat ride the other day. Invented in 1905 by Alexander Graham Bell (yes, the same one responsible for the telephone) as he was testing various airplane engine and prop configurations. It was an associate of his, Glen Curtiss, who was an aircraft manufacturer and registered the design in Florida a few years later, and now days you can find dozens of tour operators using these airboats to give tours of the Florida everglades. (Park Everglades)
Though they have been known to go over just about every kind of terrain, from deep water to even land for short periods, they are most often used to go over shallow waters. Essentially a Jon boat with an aircraft propeller mounted backwards, they cover water that would be impassable for most boats.
They provide a thrilling high-speed ride with great maneuverability on the quick planing hull. But, in stormy environments with waves as low as a foot and a half, they can become . . . well, “swamped” and become submerged very quickly.
I think that is the way a lot of Christians’ faith is – good in shallow waters, but when the storms of life come, they just aren’t prepared. They have never gone deep in their faith, never really studied the Scriptures, never really matured, and because of their immaturity just the least of the waves can overwhelm them.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 3:1-3, “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
Airboats and a “Sunday morning only faith” are good for shallow waters, but not for the storms we face in this life. Only a deep mature faith in Christ will provide the security we need.
I Corinthians 3:1-3
3 But I, brothers,could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
Szymankiewicz, Robert. “History of the Airboat.” Park Everglades. 2013 Park Everglades. 04 July 2013. Web. 21 July 2013.
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