Filled with anxiety and intrigued for any update, my fingers reach to refresh the news app on my phone every few minutes. This has been one of the biggest events to hit the world since the 911 attacks in the US. The shocking and mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airline MH370 aircraft and the fate of 239 passengers and crew on board, has gripped many eyes and ears to the media over the last week. The best technology and resources are being used by several nations around the world to find the whereabouts of the aircraft and what could have caused it.
Every day, as new theories and speculations emerge, the plot thickens and I can only imagine what the families of the passengers are going through. They must be calling on all the gods they know or believe in, hoping and praying for some good news. Reminds me of what the Psalmist says in Psalm 20:7 – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Ironically, we live in a day and age where we can trace our phones anywhere in the world and even erase all data remotely by the click of a few buttons. Fourteen nations are searching for this aircraft but still none of them can figure out what happened to the aircraft.
If there is one person who knows what happened, what’s happening and yet to happen, it’s God! In Psalm 139:7-10- Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast.
As two sides to a coin, I’m saddened by the news, but also delighted thinking of all the journeys my family and I have done in the past and how God protected us from all harm. We often take for granted and rely on technology and the expertise of the airline to take us safely, but the slightest turbulence can remind us that there is a power greater Who can protect us. The reality that a little bird can bring an aircraft down and a tiny mosquito can bring the most powerful man down is scary. It reminds us that we are not in control of our lives, but purely at the mercy of God and His grace to keep us healthy and safe in His arms of love.
Even as we remember MH370 and its occupants in prayer, let us treasure our lives and live each day as it were our last! Let us strive to spread the love of Christ with others and live with a grateful heart towards the One who sustains us all!
Psalm 13:5,6 But I trust in Your unfailing love; My heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.