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People Need the Lord

Doesn’t it seem to you that health crises are more common than they used to be?  Today, when we hear of someone in the hospital, it is far too often because of cancer, stroke, heart disease, or some other life-threatening malady.  Conversations between friends following the discovery of a friend that has been stricken will frequently express things like, “He seemed so healthy.”  “She didn’t ever complain about feeling bad.”  “It just seems strange that one can be so busy one day, and suddenly be dealing with a very serious diagnosis the next.” 

Appearances are not always what they seem.  Not only in physical health, but in life’s journey toward success, or emotional well-being, or spiritual life within.  We all know folks that can profess to be doing great on their job and suddenly discover they have been let go by their company. Others who were sure that the next promotion would finally place them “at the top”, only to learn that the person that shared their office was called up for the job. 

Truth is that everyone is struggling in some aspect of life always. All the pretense in the world cannot hide the reality of life’s challenges pressing us to seek God’s help or man’s counsel depending on the level of our faith in God when heavy needs are upon us.  We need the LORD and we need each other.  That becomes crystal clear when the crises of life hit and we are floundering in astonishment of what just transpired.  In those moments, we may have appeared to be on sure footing only to be knocked of balance by one phone call that was unexpected.

On October 25, 1999, a twin-engine Learjet taxied down the runway in Orlando on its way to Dallas, Texas. Over Gainesville, Florida the plane should have made a left turn and headed toward Texas. But it veered off course toward South Dakota.  Repeated attempts to contact the pilots were met with a deafening silence. Five fighter planes were dispatched to go up and make visual contact with the runaway jet.

Two F-16’s finally were able to pull within fifty feet of the Learjet. The pilots reported they were unable to see inside because its windows were iced over. The plane flew on autopilot for fourteen hundred miles, over a period of four hours, and finally crashed into a grassy field at six hundred miles an hour.

All six passengers were killed, the most famous being professional golfer Payne Stewart. It was a bizarre and tragic event. Suppose for a moment you had been standing on the ground as the plane flew overhead in the clear autumn sky. It’s traveling fast and straight, and as far you know it’s on course. The reality, though, is that something was desperately wrong on the inside, and it was headed for disaster.

Many people soar through life at breakneck speed. They give every outward appearance of being on course, cruising on autopilot. To the onlooker it seems they have it all together, but on the inside, there is a crisis brewing. Despite appearances, they are on a collision course with disaster.  Solomon said, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” (Proverbs 14:8 NIV).  (Copied).