Astronaut Jim Lovell in real life shared a harrowing story about a landing he made after instrument failure aboard his plane. This story was retold on the movie “Apollo 13.” Listen to the words of Jim Lovell as he is telling the story.
“I remember this one time – I’m in a Banshee at night in combat conditions so there’s no running lights on the carrier. It was the Shrangri-La and we were in the Sea of Japan and my radar had jammed and my homing signal was gone because somebody in Japan was actually using the same frequency. And so it was … it was leading me away from where I was supposed to be.
And I’m lookin’ down at a big black ocean. So I flip on my map light and then suddenly… Zap! Everything shorts out right there in my cockpit. All my instruments are gone. My lights are gone.
And I can’t even tell now what my altitude is. I know I’m running out of fuel; so I’m thinking about ditching in the ocean.
And I look down there; and then in the darkness there’s this, uh… there’s this green trail. It’s like a long carpet that’s just laid out right beneath me. And it was the algae, right? It was that phosphorescent stuff that gets churned up in the wake of a big ship.
And it was…. it was… it was leading me home. You know, if my cockpit lights hadn’t shorted out, there’s no way I’d ever been able to see that! So, uh, you uh, never know what events are to transpire to get you home!”
God works in similar manner in our lives. I wonder how many catastrophes God has delivered us from that we never knew existed? God will put “green algae trails” in our pathway to lead us Home to Him. Now, all we have to do is follow Him.
Listen to today’s message entitled “Peace Be Still.”