One of my favorite movies is Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks. I have the movie poster hanging in my office. The movie recounts the incredible true story of astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise. An onboard explosion mid flight sent them careening off course and crippled the spacecraft. They were hundreds of thousands of miles away from Earth. They were alone. There was a very real possibility they wouldn't make it home. And they were pretty powerless to do anything about it.
While the astronauts were crammed into a tiny spacecraft, struggling to survive, what they couldn't see, but most certainly could feel, was the team on the ground working tirelessly around the clock to get them home safely. They had to trust the scientists on the ground to figure out a plan and they had to carefully follow their instructions. Amazingly, they made it home safely.
And I got to thinking about how life might seem like that sometimes. Like you’re drifting through space, miles away from home, careening off course. How it might look like you are all alone, but not actually be alone. But just like the astronauts on Apollo 13, we have to trust that there is someone looking out for us that has our best interests at heart. Someone who can see the bigger picture when we can’t, and has a plan to bring us home safely. No matter your circumstances, let God be your mission control.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10