I actually did think I was going to die. We were in a small, private plane above Indianapolis, getting ready to land at night. The light for the landing gear – which would normally come on, telling the pilot all was ready to head toward the runway – didn’t come on. The pilot tried to manually lower the landing gear…flew by the runway tower, giving them a chance to shine a light on the belly of the plane to visually determine whether or not the landing gear was down…but it was inconclusive, and we finally made the descent anyway, not sure whether or not we would need those many emergency vehicles which were now lining our path of entry.
My thoughts? Very, very afraid. I knew I would go to heaven if I died. But I truly, truly did not want to die in a plane crash.
It turned out that the landing gear was fine. It held as the pilot gently set us down and as we taxied to the hangar. When we got off the plane, I wanted to fall to my knees and kiss the ground.
I remember every detail of that night because it is burned in my mind. I almost died. Nothing else seemed even remotely more important.
That memory helps me understand Psalm 119:93: ” I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.”
The Psalmist is saying he will never forget the Words of God – because he was facing death, and those Words – those Words which are eternal, forever – saved him. Nothing else could be even remotely more important.
The Words which brought you and I life will always live. The Word (Jesus) Who brought you and I life will always live. Our next few minutes of life….and our eternity…rest on the Words and the Word….not on ourselves.