Many people know the thrilling story from the 1995 movie starring Tom Hanks as Astronaut Jim Lovell. It was planned to be the third moon landing but two days after the launch, an oxygen tank exploded throwing everything into chaos. It took place in 1970 and I was 8 years old and, like many of my peers, absolutely fascinated with space and space travel. Thus, when the tragic events began to unfold, I joined billions of people around the world, watching television updates and reading the daily newspapers. Thankfully, the three astronauts safely returned overcoming obstacles that none of them had ever trained for or were prepared to encounter.
When I first watched the movie, the suspense and tense moments the astronauts and the team back at Mission Control faced, as they frantically worked on a solution to safely return the crew back to earth, was gut wrenching. At times, I even wondered if they would make it, even though I knew they would.
Our existence in this world and our present lives are no different. Each day is filled with drama, pain, joy, and sorrow. We call and rely upon our faith in God to see us through. Yet, at times, the events may seem overwhelming, even hopeless. We may even wonder if God can keep His promises and lead us to triumph. What does God say?
…Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
Revelation 1:17-18 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid! Listen to the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has eternally existed. He lived and died on this earth as a Man and by the power of the Resurrection, lives forever in Heaven, conquering death. Assurance that we will succeed? Confidence that we can face another day? We know how this ends! In triumph and victory! What greater proof do we need than our faith and belief in Jesus Christ?
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.