A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of hours in the pilot torture chamber known as the centrifuge – a large spinning machine that simulates the forces of maneuvering flight. After being out of the business of flying fighter aircraft for several years, going through the centrifuge was a prerequisite before hopping back in a high-performance aircraft.
The centrifuge is the tool used by the military to teach and refresh aircrew members on the necessary strain and breathing technique to withstand the high-G environment that draws blood away from your brain and causes it to pool in your lower body. If you don’t properly execute this technique during heavy maneuvering, you can deprive your brain from necessary oxygen-rich blood causing you to pass out from a condition called G-lock. If this happens in an airborne aircraft, you will likely perish, crashing before you regain your senses.
There is a precursor to the passed out condition of G-lock – you start to lose your vision. It starts as a narrowing tunnel vision, and if not corrected, will lead to a complete loss of vision slightly before you go unconscious. The loss of vision slightly precedes the loss of consciousness unless corrected. The loss of vision is a sign that you are about to perish and you must recover immediately before it is too late.
In our lives as Christians, we need a vision to guide our lives. We need vision to steer our families and our churches. The loss of vision is a sign that we are about to perish – becoming irrelevant and useless to the cause of Christ.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD BE GUIDED BY A GODLY VISION THAT SHAPES AND MOTIVATES OUR WAY. Whenever we recognize an impending loss of vision, we must recover immediately before it is too late.