by Ami Hendrickson
For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
On this date in 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
The 36-year-old Quimby, an accomplished writer, grew interested in flying while reporting on a 1910 aviation meet. After convincing her publisher to pay for her lessons, she became the first American woman to hold an Aviator’s Certificate from the Aero Club of America. She was the second woman in the world to hold a pilot’s license.
On April 16, 1912, at 5:30 a.m., Quimby took off from Dover, England, and headed toward Calais in France. Heavy fog obscured her vision, forcing her to use her compass for navigation. Yet the cold and the weather did not dampen her enthusiasm for flying.
When asked about her accomplishment, Quimby said, “I saw at once that I had only to rise in my machine, fix my eyes upon the castle, fly over it and speed directly across to the French coast. It seemed so easy that it looked like a cross-country flight.”
Quimby’s feat should have made her famous, but it was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic the day before. Still, she flew for the joy and the thrill it gave her.
Imagine the things we too can accomplish if we, with God’s help, fix our eyes above Earth’s castles and let the “high and lofty One” guide our way.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Revive my spirit so I can soar with you for eternity.
In Jesus’ blessed Name, I pray, Amen.