This evening, as the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 heads into its fifth day, Malaysian authorities held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the latest investigation details. Sadly, there wasn’t really much to report. My heart and prayer goes out to those hundreds of families in grief.
Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing on Saturday, after taking off with 239 people on board. The international search for any wreckage has been widened. Clearly this is still a mystery, which is very disturbing. At least 40 ships and 34 aircraft are taking part in the search with 10 countries involved and 10 Chinese satellites committed to this cause.
Majority of the passengers on board the plane were Chinese. Some were from a range of other Asian countries, North America or Europe.
For me, the most shocking aspect of the MH370 disaster is that we won’t know the fate of those 239 souls until we find MH370′s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) – the black box. Except for that last radar reading, we have absolutely no knowledge of the flight at all until we find that FDR.
Think about this for a moment. We live in a day and age where GPS (and other radio triangulation methods) can track your smartphone to within a few meters, almost anywhere on Earth. With dedicated, land-based tracking networks, vehicles and devices can be tracked to within a few centimeters. Even in the absence of GPS or radio tracking, inertial guidance has been accurate enough since the ’60s to accurately land a nuclear ICBM on the other side of the planet, or put the Apollo mission into space or say the Mars mission. US could pin hole Bin laden in a dungeon in Pakistan and land precisely land into his drawing room.
We have no clue what was said in the cockpit by the captain and first officer — We have no clue if the plane hit a patch of bad weather, or whether it was hijacked. It really will be one huge mystery.
In an age of Communication and connectivity is it not surprising? We have been boasting about our technological advancement and equating our human minds (science technology) with Supreme living God.
This is the irony, when man begins to boast of his ability to capture and control the world with a touch on the screen, God can make us feel that all these advancement that we credit of are a vain thing before him. As Proverbs says, Man’s Pride brings him low. 1 Cor 3:19 says “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”;
A time for us to introspect and humble ourselves before the Almighty. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Cor 1:25)
Whatever we achieve or any greatness we acclaim of, our hearts should be humble before HIM and remember that we are mere clay in the hand of the potter.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that you take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him ? You have made him a little lower that God, and you crown him with glory and majesty!