Since my surgical accident a few years ago, I've been missing the opportunity to enjoy any of those things. Now, they have great new technology that makes flying things possible, giving us a "bird's eye view" from right here on Earth. I've been experimenting with some aerial photography with my Drone, in the "Fly Away" video below.
Nobody's perfect, at least that's what we all say. I haven't found the man or woman who defies the statement yet. We arrive on this planet kicking and squalling, then live our lives as a tale that is told... according to the Psalmist, and pray that the ending comes out better than the beginning. Psalm 90:9
Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking. Even riding a bicycle demands an acquired skill, very different from walking, whereas a spaceship—oh, brother! I won't live that long. Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians.
— Juan Rico, in Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, 1960.
I've been re-reading the book of Ezekiel since I got my drone, and I find some similarities in some of the characteristics of Ezekiel's "wheel in the middle of a wheel" and drones. Not all the characteristics match, certainly and the description given by Ezekiel was somewhat difficult to understand, but the fact is obvious that drones have cameras that "see" like the many eyes in Zeke's wheels. Also, the wheels control the creatures he describes in the same type of remote control fashion as unmanned drones are controlled. This doesn't mean that they are one and the same, of course, just that the technology is remarkably similar in some ways, enough to remind me of Ezekiel's wheels at least.
Ezekiel had many reasons to be looking towards the sky for an escape route. He was a slave in captivity, down by the river of Chebar. His country had been taken over by a foreign power. His people were in bondage. Yes, we all have a desire to escape; our limits, our problems, our handicaps, our world, and this earthly world at times. I often feel like I'm bound to the house, and look forward to the finishing of our deck with a ramp so I can get in and out of the house easier in my power chair. I am often overcome with a wanderlust, that consumes me with the desire to travel the planet, see foreign cities, and experience the cultures of the world. But, that seems less likely now. Not impossible, mind you... just less likely. But, I have to say that I can think of nothing in the here-and-now that can give me wings to see the world around my home, and lift me up off my limitations like the eyes of my drone.
In the Spirit world, we have access to God through prayer. Prayer functions like a drone in its ability to lift us up higher to heaven, and it gives us eyes to see the world and the things happening around us differently ... with Spiritual eyes. Prayer gives us wings to overcome our problems, failures, and limitations, and draw us closer to the place we want to be in God. That kind of access is remarkable! As with everything else, we earn our wings in the Spirit world by practicing prayer often. We are ultimately handicapped in the Spirit realm without the eyes and wings of prayer. Today, is the best day you've ever had to escape on a prayer to God. It is there... in His hands... that you will find your wings to overcome all that limits you.