The 8th of March is International Women’s Day.
Out of interest, it was on this very day back in 1910, that Baroness Raymonde de la Roche (what a fantastic name!) became the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s licence. It was just the 36th licence issued by the “Aeroclub de France”.
Googling her story makes for interesting reading if you are a fellow aviation history enthusiast.
Approaching today, I just happened, to be up to Luke 10 in my Bible reading, which includes a brief story of two women: Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
I don’t think the fact that the story involves two sisters is actually that relevant, although I am no theologian. But it was a handy segue!
Rather this story is a reminder. We must remember that Mary chose what is best: to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him.
COVID has thrown many distractions at us, most of them depressing. Particularly as airline people who have had to endure so much, we would do well to spend as much time as we can listening to Jesus.
In my Bible Study at church, we recently went through Colossians 1:15-29. It can be easy to forget who Jesus is, and I would encourage you to read this chapter slowly, letting it sink in.
It will be good for your soul, and keep your head and heart where they should be as you need to respond to the arrival of the next stand-down letter, or a date that gets pushed back yet again, or whatever else may be on the cards for our industry and its people.