Today, at 8.44 Ethiopian local time (5.44 GMT), six minutes after Boeing 737 Max-8 took off, a crash happened. Everything burned down into ashes. No survivors. I was in so much shock, and fear as I read every update about it on Twitter. I thought about the families of those involved in this crash, about my family, and myself.
Ethiopian Airways is not an unknown airline to me. The thought that it could have been anyone just fuels my sadness. No one, ever thinks it’s going to be them. No one ever plans for something to happen. Like I heard a family member of the victim express himself later this afternoon during an interview, his father, the victim, had told him he’ll ring him once in Nairobi to tell him he had safely arrived.
I have taken Ethiopian Airways probably 3 or 4 times before and I never have ever once thought of me being in a crash. Although flights freak me out, I still don’t think it’s going to be me. Not to die in that way at least. But then, today’s crash was once more a reminder that no one would ever choose to die on a plane crash.
What a sad Sunday! A black Sunday! Whenever I take a flight, the worst moments are turbulence zones. I have to say, my heart always pounds in those moments. The thoughts that go through my mind are always scary. But I take deep breathes and tell myself, God forbid and begin to remind God of his promise of safety.
Yet the crash happened! I am sure there were believers on that flight, people who prayed before they took off, prayed whilst the were on the flight, when they lost control of the engine and certainly, they had many people praying for them too, to have a safe journey. Yet it happened. Death is something I usually find hard to understand. In fact, it’s still a complete mystery. As cliché as we often hear, “no one knows the hour, nor the day”. This is true.
In this moment, I want to pray for these families. I want to pray for everyone out there that travels on a daily basis. We are safe, secure, alive by God’s grace alone. Anything could happen to anyone anywhere at anytime, not just on a plane. Therefore, if you leave your house, your bed and return whole, be grateful and thankful to God.
My father, my father, may you console the hearts of those mourning at this time. Comfort and remind them that You love them. It is a hard time, and my heart bleeds for them too. But I know you are a God of consolation and you will bring them joy again.
- Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- Job 6:10 – If I knew he would, I would leap for joy, no matter how great my pain. I know that God is holy; I have never opposed what he commands.
- Jeremiah 31:9 – My people will return weeping, praying as I lead them back. I will guide them to streams of water, on a smooth road where they will not stumble. I am like a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my eldest son.
<li>Psalm 91 entirely is God's word of protection. I declare it and claim it everyday of my life.</li>
Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.” He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. A thousand may fall dead beside you, 10,000 all round you, but you will not be harmed. You will look and see how the wicked are punished. You have made the LORD your defender, the Most High your protector, and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home. God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes. God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD. When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honour them. I will reward them with long life; I will save them.”
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God stay in peace.
Heaven has gained Angels today.