5. THE SHORT-LIVED FOOLISH JESTER
“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” (Ephesians 5:4)
(These next 4 stories go back in time to before I went to Japan.)
During the Summer of 1968, I underwent the 6 weeks of Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, training to become a U. S. Marine Corps officer. A fellow trainee in my platoon was a big jester, so I will call him by the name “Jester”. He was given to much foolish talking, jesting, playing pranks and such. My first time to meet him is in this training platoon, together for 6 weeks.
The next time I meet him is in mid 1971, in a training squadron for Marine jet pilots at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Now, he and I are each Marine officers, first lieutenants, and training together as jet attack pilots. The Jester hasn’t matured much at all, still full of foolishness and jesting. But, piloting a Marine Corps jet attack airplane is deadly serious business. Tragically, the Jester didn’t take that task seriously enough. A foolish flying stunt of his caused him his life.
After we trained together a few months at Cherry Point, we each were ordered to go separate ways, never to meet again in this life. The Jester was soon after assigned to pilot the Marine’s new Harrier jet, a fast jet that must be handled most delicately, because it can take off and land vertically, and fly horizontally. When flying horizontally and approaching a landing pad to land vertically, the pilot must slow to a designated speed before rotating the jet exhaust nozzle downward to transition to vertical flight. That is a most delicate transition. The pilot must strictly adhere to the proper, set procedures for doing so. One fatal day, the Jester did not fly according to the rules of flight.
In horizontal flight low to the ground, the Jester foolishly approached the landing pad at far too fast a speed to safely transition to vertical flight. When he rotated the jet exhaust nozzle with the plane flying too fast, the plane rolled sideways at low level. The Jester made the split-second decision to eject from the plane. (The pilot, always wearing a parachute, sits in an ejection seat.) That rocket seat fired “sideways” (because the plane was rolled “sideways”) into some trees around the landing pad, crushing the Jester to death as the seat rammed into the trees and limbs. The Jester should have followed the safe rules of flight.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith.” (1st Peter 5:8 & 9a)
My Young Friend, the devil wants to kill you as quickly as he can. He would have you to make a joke out of your life on earth, continuously jesting and carrying on foolishness as the Jester did in this True Story. Right now, you purpose in your heart, that by God’s Great Grace, you will do exactly as your Creator God commands you in the 2 above Scriptures.
“Almighty Lord God my Creator, please save me from all filthiness, foolish talking, and jesting, which are not convenient. Please guide me to always give thanks unto Thee. Please cause me to always be sober, be vigilant; walking in the Spirit. Save me from my adversary the devil devouring me. Please teach me how to resist Satan in my spirit and steadfast in the faith. Amen”
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:14) “Almighty Lord God, My Creator and my soon-coming Judge, right now please send Thy Holy Spirit powerfully upon me to perfect my knowledge and understanding of the above Everlasting Holy Scripture. Reveal to me the significant importance of this Spiritual Truth regarding my short life on earth.
Inside my degenerate existence (being) is the potential to commit the worst of sins (murder, torture, oppression, immorality, blasphemy, perversion, and such). Truly, that is most fearful, knowing the Just Judgment and Punishment I would receive for those most awful sins against Thee, My Creator.
On the other hand, if I yield my life totally to Thee and follow Thee fully, truly Thou wilt make something most wonderful of my life on earth, making me into a great help to suffering mankind and thus greatly glorifying Thee by doing so. That will bring me great Eternal Reward, making me most happy and blessed forever!
Lord Jesus, I earnestly desire and sincerely covet to be the most wonderful human creation of Thine presently on this earth. Please grant me that heart’s desire of mine.
Please powerfully pour out Holy Ghost Power upon all the precious lost Japanese souls to whom Missionary Richard preaches, out in public places. Please stir up this very same desire in their hearts also, and save them to the utmost, I plead. Amen.”
“Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” (Joel 1:15) “Lord Jesus, make me fearfully aware that the day of the Lord is close at hand and that it is to be a day of horrible destruction. Please help me to be fully prepared for that day. Amen.”