This whole Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 thing has really caught a lot of people’s attention. Humans love a mystery, and they also like to speculate. Everybody fashions themselves as a bit of Crime Scene Investigator and the conversations at the coffee shop have been interesting to say the least. (Apparently we cannot rule out alien abduction . . .)
But two observations come to my mind through this tragedy. First of all, I am surprised by what we do not know. In a world where the assumption is that a satellite is on everything, and the all seeing eye of the government, military, and the NSA covers everything, how does a 777 go missing? It snaps into focus that we are not as locked down as we thought we were.
There is something in us that longs for complete knowledge and complete understanding. But real life hits us with these conundrums that clarify that we will not be satisfied with complete understanding. There is a longing placed in the human heart for more than we can achieve. And that leads into my second observation.
There is One who never loses or misplaces anything. There is One who sees through all mysteries, and the deepest conundrums of life are fully revealed to his watchful gaze. The Lord God Almighty has not lost a plane. He knows where it is and He knows exactly where things go from here.
This may not provide any comfort to those who do not know God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture. To those with vague notions of a big guy in the sky watching and seeing everything, it actually might be creepy rather than comforting.
But those who know the God of Scripture who has revealed Himself as the savior who is redeeming a fallen world from within the broken system, we find comfort in the God who sees and hears. God’s hands are not tied, and his involvement is not limited to mere observation, but in situations like this where speculation is flying, it comforts me to know that there is one who has true knowledge.