Monday, January 19, 2009

My Pilot

I can't get enough coverage of the miracle of flight 1549. I guess it is partly because I live in Charlotte, NC where the plane was headed. There were a lot of local people on that plane who are telling their stories to the newspaper. It's so interesting.

There are so many great lessons to be learned from it, I think. The one thing that really amazes me is the man that was piloting that plane. Chesley Sullenberger (and first officer Jeffrey Skiles) were front and center for what was going to be one interesting day in their lives. What are the chances that a man with so many years of experience flying, with glider flying abilities, with enormous knowledge of safety procedures, with military experience, etc, etc would be the one flying this plane? All those years that he had devoted to flying, every single thing he had learned and taught to others, culminated into one crazy, amazing, terrifying moment. It's almost as if he had been hand picked to be in the pilot seat that day.

It just reminds me that we don't always know our purpose in life. That we don't always know why we experience things. We don't know why we have the job we're in. We don't know how what we are learning today may become critically important tomorrow. We can't see the whole plan. Surely, Mr. Sullenberger can see his purpose in life last Thursday! But, it doesn't end there. It may be his most famous accomplishment, but it won't be his last. Who knows what else he'll do now.

Just like us. Who knows what work we are being prepared for right now? Well, actually, someone does know. God is giving us all that we need in order to do all that He has planned for us. It might not be as dramatic as piloting an airplane into a river, but then again, maybe it will be! I better learn my lessons today, so that I am ready when He needs me. I know who is piloting my airplane. Hope you do, too!

Keep those miracles coming!

Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


Cindy said...

I was just saying the same thing about Flight 1549 in small group tonight...absolutely amazing! I can't get enough of the coverage - my husband says I am a sucker for all of the special interest stories ;) I'll have to pull up the Charlotte newspaper and read some of the articles.


HisTaiHens said...

just noticed where you too...also noticed you haven't blogged lately (me either)....wanted to check in and see how it was while you wait....