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Each time I travel by plane to one of our satellites, New York City,  I am reminded of that eerie afternoon in January, 2009.   I just happened to have been near a television set at the time the news bulletin flashed across the screen.   A U S Airways plane had been forced to land in the Hudson River!

Like millions of Americans, I held my breath waiting for any news concerning possible survivors.  And then the good news was slowly unveiled.  Everyone had escaped an aircraft that could have easily become their death chamber.

And now it was time for the accolades starting with the heroic accomplishments of a skilled pilot who maneuvered an airplane not designed to operate on top of water.

Millions exclaimed, “They’re so lucky to be alive!”

LUCKY ?   There was a time in my life when that word suggested something like “hocus pocus” performed by the magician who pulls the rabbit out of the hat or, in this case, who pulls the airplane out of the water.  However, magic is always an illusion.  But, that airplane, weighing 73 TONS and floating on the Hudson, was REAL!  A careful review of aviation history will tell you that most passengers die in this type of scenario!

During my freshman year in college, I was not applying myself very well in an economics class.  Upon observing the performance of my classmates, I shrugged off my own laziness with the thought, “Some people have all the luck!”   However, during one of his lectures, Professor Moon just happened to bring up the subject of luck.  He gave us a definition I have never forgotten:

“Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.”

On the basis of that definition, I will tell you I have been a lucky fellow because after that course concluded, this became a defining moment in my life as I moved forward.

But, let’s return to "Miracle on the Hudson".

I can understand some credit being given to the airline pilot. I have great respect for these workers who have such a vast knowledge of that magnificent machine which they fly and how they apply that knowledge so we passengers can truly fly the friendly skies.

BUT, since this was truly a miracle, does an omnipotent, omnipresent God EVER get any of the credit?  The Bible teaches us to

 "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name".

 (Psalm 2:29) 

As I re-examine the definition of luck, I must ask, "WHO has provided me with wonderful educational and work opportunities in my life which I could seize through proper preparation and become a better worker for His kingdom?"

I have a feeling that God may be getting a little tired of hearing about the good luck stories of the lives of His people in which all of the credit is given to us weaklings.

Some time ago, a close friend e-mailed me an artist's drawing of "Miracle on the Hudson".  Since God made us in His image, it shows two large arms reaching down from Heaven with a hand under each wing and those little people standing on the wings.  

Yes, a picture often speaks a thousand words but, in this case, only five words should come to the minds of every person who was on that plane:   TO GOD BE THE GLORY!    

I lalt  ook forward to being with you in April.  In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS

 

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