That Time When God Said: “Watch This!”

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That Time When God Said: "Watch This!"

Hold my beer, Gabriel!

by baldilocks

Ten years already.

Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia a decade ago Tues­day, with [now-​retired Cap­tain Ches­ley ‘Sully’] Sullenberger’s co-​pilot [Jeff] Skiles at the con­trols, three flight atten­dants and 150 pas­sen­gers aboard. It was cold, only about 20 degrees Fahren­heit, but the skies were clear.

What a view of the Hud­son today,’ Sul­len­berger remarked to Skiles, accord­ing to National Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s report on the crash.

Less than a minute later, birds col­lided with the plane at 3,000 feet and both engines stopped. Sul­len­berger took the con­trols and told air traf­fic con­trollers he couldn’t make it back to LaGuardia. His choices were a small air­port for pri­vate air­craft in New Jer­sey — pos­si­bly too far — or the river.

At 3.31pm, the plane splashed down, some­how stayed in one piece, and began float­ing fast toward the har­bor. Pas­sen­gers got out on the wings and inflat­able rafts as com­muter fer­ries raced to the rescue.

One flight atten­dant and four pas­sen­gers were hurt, but every­one else was mostly fine.

Per­son­ally, I have expe­ri­enced many mir­a­cles in my life – some of which I didn’t rec­og­nize as mir­a­cles when they occurred. And, cer­tainly many oth­ers have given account of God’s inter­ven­tion in their own lives.

But it is truly a rare and blessed thing for God to show a thing like this to the entire world.

Some may argue that it was Cap­tain Sullenberger’s great skill and con­cen­tra­tion which saved Flight 1549. Guess what: they are cor­rect, too.

Here’s some­thing God does: He uses human agency to work His works. Cap­tain Sully seemed to be a prime con­duit.

He trained at the Air Force Acad­emy, he flew jets for the Air Force,” […] “He’d flown for almost 40 years. He was a glider pilot. He stud­ied water land­ings. He was a safety instructor.”

Why doesn’t God do things like this all the time,” an athi­est might ask, for­get­ting a basic premise on which belief in the God of the Bible is based: that this world is not our final des­ti­na­tion – that death is not the end of exis­tence for humankind. Thus is the world a stage of exis­tence, one where God inter­venes when we ask, and, just as often, when we don’t.

But, in the case of Flight 1549, I bet some­one asked.

I, for one, remain awestruck.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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Hold my beer, Gabriel!

by baldilocks

Ten years already.

Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia a decade ago Tuesday, with [now-retired Captain Chesley ‘Sully’] Sullenberger’s co-pilot [Jeff] Skiles at the controls, three flight attendants and 150 passengers aboard. It was cold, only about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the skies were clear.

‘What a view of the Hudson today,’ Sullenberger remarked to Skiles, according to National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the crash.

Less than a minute later, birds collided with the plane at 3,000 feet and both engines stopped. Sullenberger took the controls and told air traffic controllers he couldn’t make it back to LaGuardia. His choices were a small airport for private aircraft in New Jersey – possibly too far – or the river.

At 3.31pm, the plane splashed down, somehow stayed in one piece, and began floating fast toward the harbor. Passengers got out on the wings and inflatable rafts as commuter ferries raced to the rescue.

One flight attendant and four passengers were hurt, but everyone else was mostly fine.

Personally, I have experienced many miracles in my life – some of which I didn’t recognize as miracles when they occurred. And, certainly many others have given account of God’s intervention in their own lives.

But it is truly a rare and blessed thing for God to show a thing like this to the entire world.

Some may argue that it was Captain Sullenberger’s great skill and concentration which saved Flight 1549. Guess what: they are correct, too.

Here’s something God does: He uses human agency to work His works. Captain Sully seemed to be a prime conduit.

“He trained at the Air Force Academy, he flew jets for the Air Force,” […] “He’d flown for almost 40 years. He was a glider pilot. He studied water landings. He was a safety instructor.”

“Why doesn’t God do things like this all the time,” an athiest might ask, forgetting a basic premise on which belief in the God of the Bible is based: that this world is not our final destination – that death is not the end of existence for humankind. Thus is the world a stage of existence, one where God intervenes when we ask, and, just as often, when we don’t.

But, in the case of Flight 1549, I bet someone asked.

I, for one, remain awestruck.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

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