Picture of Al & Fran just before they flew back to Beaumont from Livingston taken by her Mom 1985
FLYING By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy Summer 1976
Bringing preachers home, telling Al about Jesus and quoting scripture had no affect on him. He just worked longer hours and took flying lessons.
He got his pilots license and decided I should take lessons so I could land the plane should anything happen to him.
I had no desire to get my pilotís license. Al finally said I should take the survivorís course so I could land the plane. I still balked. Finally, he asked me to take a $5.00 intro flight to see if I would like it. I agreed.
I read Al's course books and learned a little about the Cessna 152. It was interesting; but I still didn't care about flying. I would prefer an airliner with stewardesses.
When we arrived at ABC Aviation flight school for my appointment, an elderly gentleman jumped up and said, "I'll take her up."
We went out to the plane and did the flight check. I taxied the plane out to the end of the runway and the instructor handed the plane off to me as soon as we cleared the runway.
I took it up to 300 feet and banked 45 degrees to the left over Beaumont. Two more 45-degree turns and we were lined up with the runway.
My instructor asked if I wanted to land the plane. I said, "sure, why not." We hardly felt the wheels touch when we landed. I stopped short and took the first taxiway back to the flight school.
As we entered the office, my instructor proclaimed, "I don't know why she needed a check ride: sheís a natural. You should have seen the way she greased that plane on the runway."
You could feel the shock in the room as the owner replied, "You let her land the plane - she has never been in a cockpit before in her life." My instructor turned white and lay across the counter. I told Al we could go home now because I could land a plane and that was all he wanted me to learn.
I did go back and take ground school and several hours of flight instruction; but I never did really like it.
Al, our two children and I flew to Florida, Oklahoma and several not so far away places during the next year.
During flying lessons I learned something very valuable about the spiritual realm. If a plane goes into a spin, you should push the yoke forward and go into a steep dive toward the ground. After you pick up airspeed, you should then tap the rudder and the plane will stop spinning. After the plane stops spinning, you can pull back on the yoke and fly out of the dive.
If you do what you feel is right, you will pull back on the yoke to prevent a dive while spinning. If you do this, you will die.
God created certain principles into the universe and if we use these principles, we will live. If we go by our feelings and worldly logic, we will die spiritually.
We find the principles God built into the spiritual universe in the Holy Bible. I knew that when I was a child; but had forgotten as an adult. I started reading my Bible - God kept me in 1 Corinthians. Later I realized he kept me there because I was so messed up. Corinthians was to the messed up church.
Col 2:8-10 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Col 2:20-23 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations; "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Heb 6:12 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
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