Surrender is the act of giving oneself up into someone else’s power; yielding to the power or control of another. It is commonly depicted by a white flag.
Sitting in an eating area of the international terminal at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, I observed a familiar sight: a vehicle with a single driver, pushing an airplane away from the gate.
The vehicle doing the pushing was about 1/8th the size of the plane, and both weighed and cost significantly less also. All the same, size and cost not withstanding, it was pushing the plane, helping it move onto the runway in the direction it needed to go.
Wikipedia describes this process as “pushback” and the vehicles doing the pushing are called “pushback tractors or tugs.” Many aircrafts are capable of moving themselves backwards on the ground using reverse thrust (a procedure referred to as a powerback); however, the resulting jet blast or prop wash may cause damage to the terminal building or equipment. In addition, engines close to the ground may also blow sand and debris forward and then suck it into the engine, causing damage to the engine. A pushback is therefore the preferred method to move the aircraft away from the gate.
It is not the will of the pushback tractors or tugs which moves the aircraft. It is the plane’s surrender, if you will, which allows the tug to move it. I do not know the mechanisms of an aircraft and what occurs in the preparation for the pushback procedure. I do know, however, what we yield to constantly, although it may seem small or insignificant, has the power to move us toward or away from God’s purpose for our lives.
What moves you? To what or whom do you surrender on a daily basis?