GOD IS IN CONTROL
My family, along with the whole nation, watched, waited, and prayed for the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 in April 1970. I remember the anxiety of wondering how it would turn out, the hope that it would, and the despair of not knowing the outcome for several days. It was a time of great rejoicing when they landed safely.
While watching the movie adaptation of Apollo 13 I was amazed at the anxiety I felt hoping that they would come through the experience alive. On the reality level, I already knew the outcome, but the emotions evoked watching mission control try to find and rectify the situation felt the same as in 1970. No one cheered louder than I when they came through the heat shield safely and were pulled out of the ocean.
James 1:2-4 (ESV) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
When facing trials, we have the steadfastness of Jesus’ finished work on the cross that assures us of His loving care throughout our lives and the certain outcome of dwelling with Him in heaven forever. In the midst of trials, our only true comfort comes from knowing Jesus is with us, for us, and we know the outcome will ultimately be for our good.