THREATENED BY A RAT – it could have changed the war!

rat in planeSir Frederick Handley Page, CBE, FRAeS (1885 – 1962) was an English industrialist who was a pioneer in the aircraft industry and was known as the father of the heavy bomber. He was best known for large aircraft such as the Handley Page 0/400 and Halifax bombers and the H.P.42 airliner. He was knighted in 1942 for his contribution to the war effort.

A young Handley Page once landed his plane in an isolated area during his travels, and unbeknown to him a rat got aboard the plane during his stay. 

ratOn the next leg of his flight, Page heard the sickening sound of GNAWING. Suspecting it was a rodent, his heart began to pound.  A rat could easily chew through vital controls and cause the plane to crash. He visualised the serious damage that could be done to the fragile mechanisms that controlled the plane and the difficulty of repairs because of the lack of skilled labour and materials in the area.

What could he do?

He remembered hearing that a rat could not survive high altitudes, so he pulled back on the stick. The plane pulled higher and higher, until Page found difficulty in breathing. He listened intently and finally breathed a sigh of relief. The gnawing had stopped and he was relieved to be able to lose altitude. When he arrived at his destination he found the rat lying dead behind the cockpit and found there was only minimal damage to the controls.

sin blobOftentimes we,
God’s children,
are plagued by sin
that gnaws at our life
simply because
we are living
at too low a spiritual level.

Sin ENTERS like a NEEDLE and SPREADS like an OAK TREE.

Sin CANNOT be reduced to manageable proportions.

Sin always RUINS where it REIGNS

To see sin defeated in our lives,
we need to MOVE UP—away from the world—
to a higher level,
where the things of the world cannot survive.

Colossians 3:1-3
If you then are risen with Christ, seek those things which are ABOVE,
where Christ sits on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things ABOVE, not on things on the earth.
For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Ephesians 6:10,15 NKJV
Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Above all, take the shield of faith
with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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17 Responses to THREATENED BY A RAT – it could have changed the war!

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  2. mwitasblog says:

    Beautifully put.


  3. Wonderfully put and explained. So true… sinful stuff on TV? Turn it off, get rid of the TV is you must. Confronted with all sorts of worldly desires? Maybe one needs to get away from it all. Not keeping and surrounding ourselves with the best of company? Associate with a more moral set of friends. Make a choice, set our sights on higher plains.


    • Thank you for adding those practical steps.
      Once again I think of thee words of Jim Elliot, missionary to the Auca Indians. These words were found written in his journal shortly before he was killed by the Aucas.

      “So live, that when you come to die, you have nothing left to do, but die.”


  4. snowgood says:

    Terrific post. Great application.


  5. Nate says:

    Great illustration and very interesting. When something is gnawing away at us, we need to get higher!


  6. Debbie says:

    Oh may we be spurred on to greater heights with Him! Thank you, dear Angela. And God bless you!


    • Higher and higher Debbie – exactly where we are meant to be. We are citizens of heaven and are blessed with all the resources of heaven. What a shame when we neglect to use them!
      I really appreciated your ‘simple poem’ “They overcame”


  7. Rob Barkman says:


    Wonderful picture of sin and the need to deal with it quickly and effectively by putting it to death! Angela, out of all the blogs that I read yours is probably the most interesting (while filled with truths from the Word) I really appreciate your effort to post these for us, they are TRULY always a blessing to read. Lord bless you and Myles.


    • Thanks Rob. All praise to the One who gives me the material and the words to write.
      We need to realise the danger of sin and the necessity of dealing with temptations before they cause damage.


  8. Gloria says:

    great illustration — living at too low a spiritual level — will be using this example when talking with people. thanks for another great blog!!


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