A story came out this week from Wellington, New Zealand. Two New Zealand pilots ran out of fuel in a microlight airplane during their flight. Immediately, they offered prayers and were able to make an emergency landing in a field—coming to rest right next to a sign reading, "Jesus is Lord."
Grant Stubbs and Owen Wilson (not the actor) were flying up the valley of Pelorus Sound when their engine spluttered, coughed, and died. "My friend and I are both Christians so our immediate reaction in a life-threatening situation was to ask for God's help," Stubbs told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Stubb's said he prayed during the ill-fated flight Sunday that the tiny craft would get over the top of a ridge and that they would find a landing site that was not too steep—or in the nearby sea. Wilson said that the pair would have been in deep trouble if the fuel had run out five minutes earlier.
"If it had to run out, that was the place to be," he said. "There was an instantaneous answer to prayer as we crossed the ridge and there was an airfield—I didn't know it existed till then."
After Wilson glided the powerless craft to a landing on the grassy strip, the pair noticed they were beside a 20-foot-tall sign that read, "Jesus is Lord — The Bible."
"When we saw that, we started laughing," Stubbs said.
I can imagine that God was also laughing, don't you think? I can envision Him sitting on his throne, doing God-things, knowing that these two pilots were about to be in trouble, and would need His help. I can envision His heart of love reaching down to those two pilot and guiding their plane to an area (unknown to them) that they could land their plane. Then, in a humorous moment, God adds a special little touch to their safe landing, a "Jesus is Lord" sign!
God having a sense of humor?
The New Testament reminds us of Jesus' story about the log in a person's eye, as compared to a piece of sawdust in another person's eye. I have no doubt that Jesus had a great sense of humor! After all, He did call out tax collectors and fishermen to be His disciples!
And, He has called each of us! I won't comment on His calling to you, but I know the humor in His calling me! I am completely unworthy. I am completely fallen. I do not deserve His hand upon me. Yet, in His wisdom, He has chosen to use me for His work.
So, while I often find humor in how God calls us and how He choses to act, I am thankful that God takes an role in my daily life. I am thankful He loves me enough to overlook my shortcomings to what potential I have.
Thank You Lord! Thank You for calling me! Thank You for loving me! Thank You for having a sense of humor!