You may remember the event that took place on September 21, 2005. For the first time since 9/11 the nation stood still and almost every eye was on their TV set or ear on the radio. Once again, fellow Americans were in aerial danger.
One hundred forty passengers and six crew members were gripped in absolute fear aboard Jet Blue Airlines Flight 292. There were no terrorists on board, but the thing that caused such fear was the plane itself.
The front wheels were jammed in a ninety-degree angle, perpendicular to the direction of flight. Foregoing their destination to New York, the pilots made arrangements to land at LAX to take advantage of the long runway and the expert emergency personnel that would be ready on hand.
After circling the Pacific in order to release aviation fuel, the plane got itself en route to landing at LAX as the world held its breath in fearsome anticipation. With the front landing gear damaged, the plane began its descent toward the runway. One can only imagine how many armchairs were destroyed by the tight grips of the passengers onboard.
But with skill and cunningness, the pilot managed to bring the aircraft to safety very close to the 11,096-foot runway. At once the nation let out its breath and everyone was able to move on with their lives, and life as they all once knew it was restored.
Everyone knew what was wrong with the plane, but something had to be done about it; It wasn’t something that could just fly by without notice. But so many of us choose that route everyday.
All of us are damaged – the kind of damage that is nearly impossible to fix, try as we might. But so many of us choose to just linger high and mighty above everyone else, refusing to make contact with the rest of the world. There’s always a great risk involved when connecting one on one with someone. The risk being that they might discover the broken pieces about us and see us for the messed up people that we really are.
So we refuse to connect. (We often think our flaws are so huge, but in reality they’re as small as a wheel on an airplane.) We don’t allow ourselves to make a connection with the rest of the world. We hold ourselves back. We circle around the ocean of safety hoping to fix ourselves before we join up with the rest of the world. But sooner or later, we will run out of fuel and we’ll have no choice but to land. And a forced landing could be a pretty messy thing.
You know your weaknesses, shortcomings, and troubles. Don’t be afraid to reach out toward someone today and ask for help.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17