on to God
“He reached down from on high and took hold of
me; He drew me out of deep waters.” (Ps. 18:16)
A small commuter flight from Portland, Maine, to
Boston, Henry Dempsey, the pilot, heard an unusual noise near the rear of the
small aircraft. He turned the controls over to his co-pilot and went back to
check it out. As he reached the tail section, the plane hit an air pocket,
and he was tossed against the rear door. Before he discovered the source of
the mysterious noise, the door opened, and he was instantly sucked out of the
jet. Apparently, the rear door had not been properly latched prior to
takeoff. The co-pilot seeing the red light that indicated an open door, he
immediately realized what happened. He radioed the nearest airport,
requesting permission to make an emergency landing. He reported that the
pilot had fallen out the plane, and he requested the Coast Guard to send out
a helicopter to search of that area of the ocean. After fifteen minutes the
plane landed safely. Before the helicopter even dispatched, they found Mr.
Dempsey. For some strange movement, he was holding on to the outdoor ladder
of the aircraft. He held on for ten and more minutes as the plane flew 200
mph at an altitude of 4,000 feet, and then at landing, kept his head from
hitting the runway, which was a mere twelve inches away. It took airport
personnel a great effort to pry Mr. Dempsey’s fingers from the ladder.
There are many times things in our life may be
turbulent. A sudden instance can send us up in the air and we don’t know how
to get on our feet. At that moment, we tend to hold on to anything that can
sustain us. The question is what is the reliable “thing” that we can rely on.
All matter we consider precious previously, seems not important anymore. The
most important issue becomes where are we going to go? What is the next move?
Dr. R.B. Bingham was a beloved servant of God.
When he was sixty-years-old, he had a car accident. He was seriously injured
and sent to the hospital emergency room. When he waked up the next day, the
nurse told him that he had a terrible accident. He replied: “Accident?
Christians have no accident. We only have incident.” Later on, in his sermon
he said: “In the Bible, I cannot find the word “accident”. Everything
happened to Christian is designed by God. He is in total control. There is
no accident.” The real question is when the incident happens, can you hold on
to God tightly? Do you believe He had made the best arrangement for your