Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

We’re not dying today . . .

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On January 15, 2009, a plane crashed into the Hudson River.  All on board survived.

On January 10, 2010, TLC aired “Brace for Impact” as an anniversary show detailing Capt. Sullenberg’s heroic landing of the plane.  Passengers on the plane were also interviewed, and one man in particular caught my attention.  This middle-aged man, prior to the actual crash, basically said “I just sat back and prepared to die.”  But when he realized the plane had crashed and they were all still alive, he said with a large grin on his face, “I said, ‘We’re not dying today!”

He and other passengers went on to say that they had been given a second chance at life and they were going to make the most of it.  That there must be a reason they lived through this ordeal.

Fortunately, the majority of us will never have to face a traumatic experience such as this.  But we do have our setbacks.  Many have been laid off from their jobs, or face a change in their marriages.  It’s difficult, but can we get to a point where we can say, “This may be my second chance.  There’s a reason that I am going through this right now.  What can I do to take advantage of any opportunities that come my way?”

I’d like to see a follow-up show featuring those passengers who said they knew they had been given a second chance to live their lives, to see just what, if any, changes they have made.

In Genesis, we read the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh.  Joseph had already been in prison for several years when Pharaoh, upon learning of Joseph’s dreams, had Joseph brought before him.    My study Bible explains this account by stating, “Did Joseph have time to prepare before he was hastily summoned before the Pharaoh?  Yes and no.  While he had no warning of his sudden meeting with the Pharaoh, he was ready for almost anything because of his right relationship with God.  It was Joseph’s knowledge of God that helped him to interpret his dreams.  Be ready for opportunities by getting to know more about God.  then you will be ready to call on him when opportunities come your way.”

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