Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8a
It has been a while since aviator Steve Fossett took off without filing a flight plan. He has not been found.
For a fair number of days, forty-five airplanes have been involved in the search for the missing millionaire, but Fossett has still not been found. Teams have searched an area of 10,000 square miles, but Fossett has not shown up. True, they did discover one object, which seemed to have some similarities to Fossett’s plane, but it was a false alarm. Steve Fossett, living or dead has not been found.
On the other hand, six other planes, planes which had crashed years, even decades ago, have been located. News of the existence of these old wrecks has been bringing numerous inquiries from the families of pilots and passengers who disappeared into the desert air space.
Apparently, the loss of these people, average non-millionaire people, didn’t generate a week’s worth of front-page headlines, nor did they give birth to a massive, private search. These people simply disappeared and only a select few cared. Since they went off the radar only some of their closest friends and family remembered them and wondered about their passing.
Have you ever felt that way. . .that if you disappeared nobody would notice, nobody would care, nobody would come looking? Being forgotten is not a common feeling, but it’s not entirely unheard of either.
The omniscient Lord wants to reassure everyone who feels lost, lonely and invisible that even if the rest of the world forgets them, He still remembers. . .and He still cares. That’s what King David was trying to let us know when he wrote the words which are the text for our devotion today. David said, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there.”
David knew, the Lord cares for the lost. That’s why Jesus came into this world. Describing His mission to recover lost humanity and bring us into the family of faith the Savior said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) So we might be found Jesus carried our sins; it is why He gave His life on the cross; it is why He rose from the dead.
If Steve Fossett is still alive (and I hope he is), and if He knows Jesus as his Savior (and I pray he does), those words should be of comfort to him. They most certainly should be an encouragement to the rest of us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks that although others forget me, You never will. For Your ongoing care and compassion, I give thanks. In Your Name. Amen.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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