AN AMAZING FACT: The now retired NASA Space Shuttle burned most of its fuel within the first two minutes of flight.
The Space Shuttle used two rockets, known as Solid Rocket Boosters, or SRBs, for launch. Located on either side of the shuttle’s fuel tank, the SRBs constituted about 83 percent of the shuttle’s liftoff thrust, propelling the spacecraft 28 miles into the air.
The SRBs burned more than half of their propellant—about 41 percent of the shuttle’s total fuel—in the first minute after liftoff, and thrust was reduced by approximately one-third. Two minutes after launch, the SRBs separated from the shuttle. Parachutes then deployed to slow their descent back to earth. NASA then recovered the SRBs from the ocean and reused them.
Life is often like that. Between planning and preparation, it seems to take the most effort to get something going—a project, a business, a lifechange. But once you’re off and running, so to speak, it gets easier.
So often when we make a decision based on the Holy Spirit’s prompting, we encounter resistance that feels as though we are under attack by forces unknown. It takes physical and emotional energy to push through that resistance. Peter says that Satan roams around like a lion searching for its prey (1 Peter 5:8). The devil seeks to thwart our plans to follow God. But God promises us strength to keep going. He is not only our Rock, but also our rocket booster!
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalms 18:2But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31