Another International Balloon Fiesta is now history. Although it has been years since I got excited about balloons, I’m not unaware of the thrill this event brings to thousands. There are all the spectators, and then there are these brave souls who dare to fly high above the city in a basket! It must be thrilling even though it can be dangerous.
In terms of danger, I was thinking about a conversation with a man years ago. On the day he was scheduled to go up in a balloon, officials at Fiesta Park did not allow any flights because of high winds. My new found acquaintance was unaffected by this grounding, however, because his balloon was launched outside Fiesta Park. The owners of that balloon, motivated by profit, sent a gondola full of 12 passengers on a fateful flight. The wind caught it and carried them to Kirtland Air Force Base where their balloon was entangled in a very high electrical wire. The gondola fell to the ground, killing one and injuring many, including the man telling the story, who suffered a broken back. There is a spiritual lessen here for all of us. We dare not ignore God when He raises the “red” flag. “Whoever listens to me will dwell safely.” (Proverbs 1:33)