by David Jeremiah
“Houston, we have a problem.”
When NASA flight directors heard those words from Apollo 13, it was like an invitation: “You are hereby invited to solve a life-or-death problem” — and they did. Flight director Gene Kranz sprang into action: “Okay … stay cool. Work the problem, people…. Failure is not an option!” (Excerpt from the movie, “Apollo 13.”)
Work the problem! With no heat, no light and little communication with the ground, the astronauts drifted back toward earth in darkness — helpless.
Work the problem! Ground engineers had to conserve enough power to fire the engines and direct them safely into the earth’s atmosphere. And they did!
Lost in space
Ever felt lost in space, drifting along, helpless, wondering if even God is stumped by your situation? We know God can solve problems, but in your darkest moments you wonder if He is even working on it.
Friend, God is working your problem!
Look at the Apollo 13 situation in a split-screen format: three astronauts on the left screen huddled in their freezing spacecraft, speaking little to conserve energy, fighting to stay awake, with only a flashlight — dark, cold, silent. On the right side of the screen, just the opposite, a beehive of brightly-lit problem-solving is taking place.
Given instructions that a plan was in the works, the astronauts had to be patient. They couldn’t work the problem, so they had to believe someone else could.
That’s exactly what we as Christians have to do when we have a problem with no solution in sight. We can’t work it but we have to believe that God can — and He is working on our behalf.
SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif. For more information on Turning Point, visit http://www.DavidJeremiah.org.