It’s almost 30 days since MH370 went out from the radar shortly before it was declared missing or lost. Multi-national search missions have been deployed. Satellites, planes, ships, and even submarines are employed to find any trace of MH370. Aviation experts, politicians, and witnesses are all called to come forward to explain the situation and to help piece informations together. People from all sorts of faith and background cry out and pray, trying to invoke whatever or whomever they believe can help. Theories upon theories have been conjured up, some are plausible, while some are questionable. But one thing is still clear. MH370 is still lost, and is yet to be found.
With the fate of the 239 passengers unclear, many people, friends, family members are anxious to hear any news. The fear that MH370 is never to be found is real. Some might even have given up hope. Some, however, are still clinging to the ever-fading hope. They cling to even the slightest hint of hope. Granted, what else can they do?
On the other hand, imagine if the plane was found soon and all the passengers were safe and well, could you imagine the jubilant noise, not just from the family members of the passengers, but from the whole international community? It would become the main headline. Stories upon stories by each passenger would be aired out. Volumes of books would be written regarding this. Even monuments would be erected. I know… this might be too dramatised. But I would imagine that everyone would rejoice, would’t they?
In the same way, or even much more, there is joy in heaven over one sinner to repent. The whole heavenly angels of God rejoice jubilantly over any one lost person who is found.
Luke recorded three parables of Jesus in Luke 15 – the parables of the lost coin, lost sheep, and the prodigal son – to tell us that as much as we long MH370 to be found, God wants His lost children to be found. From the time Adam and Eve disobeyed, God has already begun His search and rescue mission. In Genesis 3:9, the first thing that God said to them after they sinned was, “Where are you?” It’s not that God did not know. Instead, God was inviting us to come to the light, to acknowledge our sins, and to come to Him receiving His forgiveness.
We are all lost. We cannot find our way back. In fact, we do not want to. In our sins, we enjoy our fruit of rebellion more than God’s promise of eternal and abundant life. We’d rather wallow in the filthy mud of our sin rather than coming out exposed to the light. However, God does not give up. He continues reaching out to us. He wants us to know that it is ok to confess our sins and it is ok to come to God pleading for His mercy because He is ready to give us His forgiveness, not because we are good, but because His Son, Jesus Christ, has paid the way for us to be reconciled to God. Not only He sent His Son, He also sends His people, the Christians, to tell you this good news so you can accept this news and come to God.
If you are a Christian, you must know that God has pursued you. You must live a grateful life worshipping Him. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you must also know that God has not given up on you. The fact that you read this article shows that God is using yet another medium to call for you to come to Him. Don’t harden your heart. Come to Him and be found. When you do, and are, the whole heavenly hosts will rejoice, I will rejoice, and you too will rejoice.
Meanwhile, please continue to pray that MH370 will be found soon. My prayer goes to everyone on board and the family members who are anxiously waiting.