This week a lot of people in the Far East adjacent to the Pacific and Indian oceans have been searching diligently for "da plane". With the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Air Flight 370, a Boeing 777, the entire world has been paying close attention as no one has any answers to the question of what happened. All we know is that some forty minutes after takeoff, the aircraft disappeared from radar and with it the 239 passengers and crew onboard.
All kinds of wild guesses have been making the rounds. From a terrorist explosion, to something debilitating the crew such as a fire and smoke, to wild theories that it is hidden in the jungle somewhere or even has been the victim of an alien encounter of a very close kind. I am of the general opinion that whatever it was we may never find out since the plane was reportedly way off course and the area to be searched is now almost as large as a medium sized state. That's a lot of territory to cover, much of it water and the likelihood of finding adequate evidence for a determination of exactly what happened grows dimmer as the hours pass.
One thing I do know for sure. The Boeing 777 is one of the safest and best commercial aircraft in the world but yet, despite its wonderful performance record, things can always go wrong in this world. We humans think we can solve any problem and meet any challenge but when an event like this takes place it shows just how small and vulnerable we truly are. It's a big world out there with lots of good and bad things in it waiting to happen. We can't control everything with the presence of evil forces, a sometimes hostile environment, and the limitations of our abilities and it is incumbent on us to believe in something much great than us to help make sense of so much of what happens in our lives.
That's where the need for a belief in God comes in. As our Creator and Father, He wants us to be the best we can be and He will help us do that if we put our trust in Him. His guidance and love, in the form of Father (Creator), Son (Savior who died for us) and Holy Spirit (our guidance counselor who is that inner voice trying to keep us on the straight and narrow) can give us all that we need to face the trials and tribulations of this world. And when our time is up, as it may very well be for those on board Flight 370, our future will be clear and our continuous life in the bask of His light and warmth, will carry us forward always.
God bless those poor folks on Flight 370 and be with their loved ones and comfort them. And help us to recognize this likely tragedy as call to us to recognize the frailty of our human existence and our need to always be ready for whatever may be befall us. With