In 1929 Delta Airline’s slogan was Speed, Comfort and Safety. In 2010 it was Keep Climbing.
The other day I was hoping the slogan was Safe Landings when in flight I heard an alarm go off.
We were about 15 minutes before landing at LAX when the alarm sounded. One of the flight attendants excitedly said, “Flight attendants, take your seats immediately. An alarm is going off. Everything is fine, everything is fine, everything is fine!”
Well, that was just one too many everything is fines!
Then all of the cabin lights went out. Probably not for long, but when you are 35,000 feet above the earth, any amount of time seems long.
Then the emergency lights came on, followed by the engine making a funny noise.
In the midst of this the plane was silent. You could have heard a pin drop…well it would have to have been a very loud pin to be heard over the alarm!
I looked ahead across the heads of those in front of me. I looked up at the ceiling…and I prayed.
“Lord, this is really not the way I planned on dying,” I said. Truthfully I was not panicked.
Everyone has to die sometime I thought.
I know where I am going when I die thus my prayers were not of that nature, like some people bargaining with God to make sure they get into heaven.
My thoughts and prayers were for our safety of course…and then for my husband and family.
As soon as we were close to the ground, I decided to heck with the rules, I’m texting my husband. I looked around and I was not the only one with that thought.
I typed Problem with plane. Alarm going off. I love u so very much.
Okay, with that done, I was good.
Next text We are landing shortly.
Then… Yeah. On the ground safely.
Text received from husband…That’s a good thing.
Meanwhile, the flight attendant told us we would have to stop before we went to gate for the mechanics to look at the back of the plane.
That was just fine, we are on the ground!!
I don’t mean to make this sound all dramatic…but it was the first time on a flight I really wondered if it was my last day.
When I shared this with my co-worker she said, “Like your husband doesn’t know you love him!!”
True. Wade certainly knows how much I love him.
Do your loved ones know how you feel? Don’t wait until an alarm goes off to tell them.
But more importantly, if you were faced with the same situation, would you know where you ‘d be spending eternity?
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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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