If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. Psalm 139:9-12
For younger readers of the Daily Devotions, the name of Amelia Earhart may not have much meaning. For that reason, a word of explanation might be in order.
Amelia Earhart was a beautiful, young woman, who, in the 1930s, set a great many records in aviation. During an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world, she, along with her navigator, vanished somewhere in the Pacific.
While stories about distress signals from Earhart have circulated since her disappearance, no positive trace of her has ever been found.
Now, researchers at The International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) say they think this year they will have DNA proof Earhart died on Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific.
A spokesman for the organization said, we have found "what's best described as personal effects of the castaway that died there." Personal effects of a woman . . . personal effects which have been dated to about the time Amelia disappeared."
If they do manage to come up with such evidence, it will end one of the great mysteries of the last century.
Of course, even though we don't know what happened to Amelia Earhart, the Lord most certainly does. There was never a time when He lost track of her or when she disappeared off His radar.
For Christians that should be a reassuring thought. Times may be difficult. We may feel alone, lost, stranded, marooned, forgotten. In such times we have the reassurance the Lord's right hand shall hold us. In those darkest of times, He is there.
He is there with the light of our Savior. Truly, the Redeemer, who gave His life so we might have life, can bring brightness to our darkest moments and days.
In Him there is always life and hope and light.
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, in a world where loneliness and darkness seem to surround us, we need Your reassurance we are not alone. Let me see clearly Your sacrifice. Let me be given reassurance of Your presence. To that end, I pray an extra measure of the Holy Spirit be given to me and all who feel forgotten. 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