Jimmy at Keeping it Simple wrote a post recently inspired by the actions of Chesley B. Sullenberger, pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. Sullenberger was able to safely land in the Hudson River. Surprisingly, everyone on the flight survived. As I read Jimmy’s post and listened to news reports, one word came to mind: Providence!
Merriam-Webster Online defines Providence as “divine guidance or care; God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny”. Sullenberger is a safety expert. He is has a background as a fighter pilot and a glider pilot. Many of the news reports I heard mentioned that the landing appeared to be glider like. Sullenberger had a unique training and skill set enabled him safely land Flight 1549.
I am sure that when Sullenberger decided to become a glider pilot the thought never entered his mind that some day he would need to land a disabled plane into the Hudson. His talents, interests and preparedness made Sullenberger the right man for the job. In retrospect, it seems like an unlikely or freak occurrence. Many times God uses seemingly unimportant or even unrelated events in our lives to prepare for future tasks so that we might be ready for some future event. For most of us it will not be something as drastic as Flight 1549. Our willingness to be led by God now allows us to be equipped for future ministry.
I am reminded of Queen Esther. Through a series of events Esther went from orphan girl to queen and was able to save her people group from annihilation.
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (NLT)