Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed, “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby village – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:35-38)
Tuesday, February 2
On October 31, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007 departed from Anchorage, Alaska for a direct flight to Seoul, Korea. Unknown to the crew, however, the computer engaging the flight navigation system contained a one-and-a-half-degree routing error. At the point of departure, the mistake was unnoticeable. One hundred miles out, the deviation was still so small it was practically undetectable. But as the 747 continued through the Aleutian Mountains and out over the Pacific, the plane strayed increasingly from its proper course.
Eventually it was flying over Soviet air space. Soviet radar picked up the error, and fighter jets scrambled into the air to intercept. Over mainland Russia the jets shot flight 007 out of the sky. There were no survivors. A one-and-a-half-degree routing error in the flight navigation system made a dramatic difference in the destiny of flight 007.
It’s easy to drift “off-course” and not realize it initially. There’s something to be said for setting aside a little bit of time every day for a “maintenance and navigation” evaluation.
One of the most underappreciated things about Jesus was His rhythm of retreating to solitude to spend time in prayer. There were so many people who had so many different expectations and “job descriptions” for Him. It would be easy for Him to navigate His life according to the opinions and demands of others, not to mention the temptations of the enemy.
The will of God is our “true north.”
May the Lord bless your reading of the Word today and time in listening, reflection, and conversation with Him.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Tue, February 2, 2016
by Chris Seidman