This week 4 young people lost their lives in a plane crash this week pilot Luke Sheets, 23. Along with Sheets, Garrett Coble, 29, and Stephen Luth, 22, died on their way to a Christian event. They were not on the way to a spring break party or an event that was not morally inappropriate. These young men and one young lady were attending an Acquire the Fire youth event where thousands of youth go every year. During their flight something went wrong and the plane crashed in a field, three of them were instantly killed but two of them were able to get out of the plane and reach a road were they received help. The young lady Hannah Luce is the daughter of the founder of Teen Mania Ministries, Ron Luce. The young man who helped her out of the plane was Austin Anderson, 27, a former Marine who did two tours of duty in Iraq and had just graduated from Oral Roberts; he died Saturday at a hospital in Wichita after suffering burns over 90 percent of his body.
This story is an amazing story but there are questions that are lingering that many are asking themselves? For example what happen to the plane? Where was God? Weren’t these young men and this young lady Christians? What happen to God’s protection? Why was Hannah the only survivor? Why did this have to happen to them? These are important questions that many would like answers to, Christians and none Christians alike are asking these questions. There are those that are shaking their fist at God and are very angry with him right know, this is normal when a parent looses their child or when a wife loses her husband or when a sister loses her brother. God understands and his heart breaks when our heart breaks, he understands suffering like no other. Let’s not forget he gave his son to die for us. We need to understand that God is not afraid of those questions that we ask and he will deal with them head on, in his time.
We as Pastors sometimes need to be able to say I don’t know what happen only God does, I don’t know why one person was spared and another died. I don’t know why they took that specific plane I just don’t know. But one thing that I do know is that these Young men are in front of Gods Throne rejoicing in his presence and have reached their heavenly reward. They made it, they are eternally secure they knew what there eternal destiny would be if something like this would happen. There was no doubt in there eternal destiny. We are said that they are no longer with us and it was a devastating and tragic accident, but we rejoice because they are home with Jesus.