In the spring of 1990, the Air Force decided to mothball its fleet of SR-71 strategic reconnaissance planes--aircraft capable of flying near the edge of space, at 2,200 m.p.h.

In the spring of 1990, the Air Force decided to mothball its fleet of SR-71 strategic reconnaissance planes--aircraft capable of flying near the edge of space, at 2,200 m.p.h.
Before ending their long history of service, however, the Air Force sent one plane on a flight it hoped would break all speed records.
It flew from the East Coast to the West Coast in an hour and eight minutes! Everyone was ecstatic, until somebody discovered something that went even faster: a Domino's Pizza delivery truck.
To satisfy our "need for speed," technology has advanced rapidly in a short period of time.
When industry first introduced the pocket calculator decades ago, one had to wait on it to register the solution to a simple multiplication problem. Today, answers to the most complex series of equations pop up instantaneously.
Also, businesses no longer question the feasibility of acquiring a desired product. They simply ask, "How soon can we have it?"
In business oriented New York, a nice looking French girl took part in a seminar I attended. As my group toured the Big Apple on foot one evening, she remarked, "You Americans are always in such a hurry." She said this while walking briskly in high-heals some 20 paces ahead of everyone else.
Yes, we live in an age of high-tech planes and rockets, of fast cars and fast food, and in a culture that says the most attractive person is the most active person.
Yet God's message for us today is the same message He delivered through Moses to the Israelites who panicked upon seeing Pharaoh's army chasing after them near the Red Sea ages ago: "Stand still!"
Sadly, His is a mandate many will not accept. Simply observe any traffic intersection. Most people won't even obey a stop sign, let alone God's word.
The failure to do so is why there is as much distrust, chaos, and anxiety as ever there has been throughout history. Perhaps more so. Few slow down or stop long enough to observe the solution God is wanting to show them.
Our thinking is that God should answer our questions with the rapidity of today's pocket calculator.
That will happen eventually, when those who've lived obediently to His call will leave this earth faster than an SR-71 can take them. Yes, "In the twinkling of a eye."
Until then, however, the fastest method of getting where we must to go in life is by stopping long enough for God to show us the way.

Mark Edmondson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.