Friday, January 16, 2009
How tragic that the US Airways plane hit a flock of birds, taking out both engines.
How wonderful that the pilot was incredibly skilled & able to glide the plane down to a safe landing in a crowded river, with no deaths.
How....predictable!...that the reports you read from passengers on the plane describe people praying desperately as the plane went down.
The first interview I saw on TV regarding this crash was with a passenger named Jeff Kolodjay. His voice was still shaking; he was still visibly unnerved.
As he described the events that tranpired, he said,"...and everyone was just...praying, actually..."
He stuttered for a second, uncomfortable about revealing this fact.
The people on this plane got this report from the pilot: "Brace yourselves, because we're going down." Just like that, they were forced to face death.
Many people on the plane started praying. Audibly, at that. How many of these praying people do you think are practicing Christians? How many are saved of the Lord, in Christ?
How many of these people, the day before, would have felt uncomfortable in the presence of somebody praying at a restaurant? How many would have made fun?
Impending death made them suddenly realize that they weren't in control, so they began to plead to God!
Nothing they had ever done in and of this world mattered any more. All that mattered was God!
How many of these people, had the plane crashed and burned on land, would have been told, "Depart from me...I never knew you"?
Let's pray for these people. God used this aviation disaster to make himself suddenly real to all the people involved. All of a sudden, God wasn't something to be mocked! Praying out loud in public wasn't something for religious fanatics! They were instantly changed. Let us hope that it impacts them - all of them, for the rest of their lives. And those people involved who were ignorant of, opposed to, or indifferent to the Word of God and the truth of salvation before this incident...let us pray that they never forget the day they faced death.