On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Flight #370 with its 239 passengers disappeared from radar detection and has yet to be found. A worldwide effort has been made to comb what seems like the entire ocean to find out what happened. Satellites have been used to look for remnants of the plane. Planes from every nationality have scoured every small lead. Helicopters and boats have attempted to recover what was thought to be leads floating in the ocean, but as of today nothing has been seen.
While the mystery of this plane’s disappearance has befuddled and frustrated the world, no one has been more affected than the loved ones of the 239 missing people. Their hopes rise up like exposed nerve endings every time a press conference is held. In their spirits they cling to a thread of possibility that their loved ones are somehow okay and have been found. Sadly, with each passing day and each passing empty lead their thread of hope slowly frays causing them to slowly come to grips with the reality that their loved ones are gone.
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all that are involved. I pray that God comforts them in this most desperate of times and gives them a peace that surpasses understanding over time. Yet through this tragedy I believe we can see a great deal about ourselves.
You see this plane was headed in the right direction and had done so hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Because of someone’s terrible decision, or perhaps a mechanical error, this plane got dreadfully off course. A course that led them further and further off track and further and further into the unknown.
Our lives are much the same when we stop and think about it. I feel that it’s safe to say that no one plans on having a drug addiction. No one plans on cheating on their husband after 30 years of marriage. I’m not sure I’ve met anyone that wants to lose their house to gambling debt. These are never things that are on the flight plan when our lives took off. Our goals are far different, but as a result of our decisions and our sin we may find ourselves off course. Now clearly, my analogy deviates away from the Malaysian flight as none of those people on the plane chose the new flight plan they were forced to take, but I think you see my connection.
In Proverbs 4:25-27 King Solomon say it best:
“Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.”
Without question there are things in this life that were thrust upon us that we didn’t ask for that alter the course of our life. We are often on the other end of someone’s poor decisions and are forced to pick up pieces of our life that we never dropped. Yet even in the midst of cleaning up a life mess that someone else made we have a choice on how we react, deal, and redeem those moments.
However, we must realize that a greater part of our life is under our care and responsibility. We choose far more of the trajectory of our life than others do. It’s in these moments that we would be wise to flee from sin and run into the arms Jesus. Into His perfect and holy ways that will keep our feet on the solid path and into a life full of purpose, passion, and meaning.
Never let someone else take control of your life by making sinful and bad choices. They will only lead you down roads you never intended to go and you end up asking yourself, “How did I get here?” God’s road doesn’t leave you empty. In fact, it leaves you full but craving more! You may actually say to yourself, “I can’t believe that I get to be here!” His blessing and the life that is found in following Him are unmatched by what the world can offer.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and your flight plan will be smooth.
Stay focused my friends.