Good Morning. Yesterday, I was chatting with another mom. Our kids are studying famous Black Americans in school. My daughter is focused on Harriet Tubman, and my son was assigned Nat Turner. She mentioned the death of Katherine Johnson. I remember seeing the previews for the movie, Hidden Figures.
Katherine Johnson was a Mathematician and Physicist that worked at NASA. She died two days ago at the age of 101. She broke through barriers for all women. Did I mention that she was a Black American? I get all choked up reading her story, and I ordered the Hidden Figures book to learn more about her. She graduated with a degree in Mathematics and French at the age of 18. Her university professors created new mathematics courses just for her. She calculated trajectories for the space program. She crunched the numbers for the path that the space shuttles took. When computers started making the calculations, the astronauts would not go, until she computed the numbers.
I remember a Pastor talking about a plane’s course. For every 1 degree a plane veers off its course, it misses its target destination by 1 mile for every 60 miles you fly. This means that the further you travel, the further you are from your destination.
Katherine Johnson calculated the paths for the space shuttles to follow. One small mistake, and they would be totally off course.
In the 1930s, not many women went to college. I cannot imagine what it was like to be a woman in college in the 1930s. Katherine Johnson just went and did it, breaking barriers for Black Americans and women. She stayed the course and made history.
On our walks with God, one small mistake can throw us totally off course. Our journey through life will not always be easy. We must be steadfast. God’s words will light the path that we should follow. We may not always know where it will end up, but we need to trust in God to guide our steps.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
–Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
It is not always easy to go through life following God’s laws. The world is telling us all these things are fine and acceptable, but the Lord’s words in the bible clearly say these things are not fine. The bible tells us exactly how God wants us to live. It is all in there. We have to follow God’s ways.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!
–Psalm 119:1-8 (NKJV)
We are human and will make mistakes on our journey through life. I tell my kids not to worry if they make mistakes, because they are learning opportunities. Just keep moving forward. Every day, we make new choices, so don’t give up. Stay steadfast on your walk with God.
Thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful Wednesday!