This wasn’t what I was expecting to see early in the morning from the window of the Barn. It was the right time for a hot air balloon to be aloft – they need to set off early in the morning or early evening to ‘catch the thermals’ – but seeing it floating down the valley was a delight. I rushed out with the camera.
Ann has been in a balloon a number of times at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Her first ever flight was only about 10 mins, over the trees, then down. By the time they had set off, the air was no longer rising, they couldn’t hitch a decent ride. No matter how many burners you have heating the air in the balloon, you are not going anywhere.
Yesterday morning another balloon followed on slightly later. This is no coincidence, they set off at the same place, and inevitably would be taken to the same destination. Both balloons came down in neighbouring fields. The pilot did make use of the ‘burner’ as it landed, but this was only to marginally, but strategically, alter the course to enable a safe landing.
Reminds me of Paul, receiving Agabus’ prophecy, that he would end up being bound and taken to where he didn’t expect. The people listening were alarmed at the content of this word from God – Paul wasn’t. He understood that his life was in God’s hands, and that information about the destination would be helpful to enable him to use his ‘burners’ (his choices) usefully and effectively.
A hot air balloon has to rest in the thermals. Likewise, we are ordered to rest in the Lord. The purpose of both is to enable us to travel well and reach our destinations. If we choose not to, ironically, we go nowhere!