Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A skid, a snow bank, and whose side are we on?

One morning last week, a social media post alarmed me. My dear friend Brenda posted a picture from inside an airplane and wrote, “Stuck in a snow bank on the runway in Ft. Wayne. Our plane slid right into it on some black ice.”

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This happened the evening before. I didn’t see the post or the national news about the crash until the next morning. When I texted her, she had finally arrived home in the wee hours. More pictures revealed emergency responders filling the runway, which was shut down most of the night.

Though news reports didn’t say this, she feels the GIS (geographic information system) may have diverted the plane to keep it from taking off on black ice.

Other heartbreaking items in the news last week also brought alarm. Sometimes, it seems culturally we are skidding on black ice heading for something far worse than a snow bank. 

Yet, as the Apostle Paul said, “. . . I am cast down, but not destroyed . . . “(2 Corinthians 4:9). I will not give up hope, because there are many still laboring in the field and voices still resounding with the truth.

God is still God.  

Abraham Lincoln once said, “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” God is our GIS for life and he can rescue us from skidding on black ice if we will choose it. He sees everything and knows the outcome. It’s not about political victories or getting our way. It's not their side or our side. It's whether we will choose God's side instead of our side. It’s about God having his way, about being on His side even if it means sacrifice on our part.

The way we find out whether we are on God’s side is through reading the Bible, through prayer, and through a living relationship with Him.

I'm grateful to God my friend Brenda and others in the plane with her were safe. God used GIS  to rescue them just as he can rescue us no matter how bleak our situation . . . if we will choose His side.


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