The mystery of what happened on that flight has captivated the world’s attention. I think at least a factor in the obsession with that strange event is that we hope it wasn’t some sort of catastrophic mechanical failure. Modern aircraft are remarkably reliable and it unsettles us to think that something could happen to an airplane we are on while it is 35,000 feet in the air with the real possibility of snuffing out our lives. Whatever the case, I deeply want them to find that plane and eventually learn what happened. Part of the reason for that is that I grieve for the families of those on board the flight. How awful for them to have no answers, to have no idea what has happened to their loved ones. If I were in their shoes I would want to know what happened on that plane.
I hope they find that plane and learn what happened to it. But if they don’t it will be frustrating and unsatisfying for us all. This event may serve as a reminder that there are limits to human ability and knowledge. There are some things we will never know, as frustrating as that might be. Even as people continue to push the limits of human knowledge out some things will always remain mysterious to us. I need this reminder, for there are some things in God’s working that are definitely in that mystery category. How does prayer work, how can God be sovereign over all things yet hold us accountable for meaningful choices in our lives, what will actually happen leading up to Christ’s return and when will that be, why does God allow the sometimes painful things in our lives that puzzle us completely? These and many other questions are matters that we can discuss and ponder without ever really finding an answer. Some things pertaining to God are beyond our ability to comprehend. While we may find it unsatisfying to run head on into that wall, we should expect it. Because we are finite we will inevitably come up short when it comes to comprehending God and his work. In the end, though we may not like it much, somewhere along the line we will simply have to accept and trust. This incident with the missing airplane reminds me that sometimes we may not get the answers we want. When it comes to God we simply need to trust.