Fighting Against the Gravity of God
Fighter pilots are always considering the gravity of God. During basic fighter maneuvering (BFM), fighter pilots learn how to fight against enemy aircraft in close air-to-air combat. After coming to a merge with over 1,000 knots of closure, each pilot must make decisions about how to fly the aircraft to arrive at a position of advantage.
During these maneuvers, the force of gravity (also known as G-forces, or simply “G”) can both help and hurt a pilot depending on his situation. It is not uncommon to hear a reference to “God’s G” during a flight brief about how to execute BFM.
The F/A-18 Hornet can pull up to 7.5 Gs. The onset can be either fast or slow depending on how quickly the pilot pulls on the control stick. The feeling is not unlike being smashed in an invisible vice.
A 150-pound pilot weighs over 1,000 pounds at 7.5 Gs, and all body movement becomes more difficult. The head must be positioned prior to the maneuver since attempts to turn the neck under heavy G and maneuvering can cause severe injury.
Under G, the blood is pulled away from the head and toward the lower portion of the body. For this reason, pilots must execute a special physical maneuver to help stop the blood from pooling and keep the brain provided with enough blood (and oxygen) to maintain vision and keep sight of an adversary. Failure to properly execute this anti-G straining maneuver can lead to temporary blindness, incapacitation, or complete G induced loss of consciousness known as G-LOC.
When fighter pilots feel the effects of God’s G, they must act. With the proper maneuvers, they can harness the gravity of God and use it for good.
The gravity of God is not only experienced by fighter pilots. It is experienced by everyone who has heard about a God with unlimited power and authority. But this gravity has nothing to do with Gs. This gravity is what accompanies discovery of man’s nature, the person of God, and the implications of living a life according to his truths.
The gravity of God is the invisible vice constricting around a once-hardened heart, pushing in realizations and squeezing out doubts as you lose ground to the hound of heaven in chase. Once he’s on your six, there’s no shaking him.
You will have no wingman to scrape him off, for:
“God arises. His enemies scatter, and those who hate Him flee from his presence” (Psalm 68:1, HCSB).
When you fight against the gravity of God, you will not win. You cannot win.
But once you understand the gravity of God, you can maneuver your life to make God’s G work for you. When you harness the gravity of God, you win. In fact, you cannot lose.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receive favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:34-36, NIV).
Have you experienced the gravity of God? Are you fighting it?
Consider my question and tagline for FIGHTER FAITH: what are you fighting for?
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.