In the providence of God, one of the passengers on board was a Christian fourth-year medical student who got on the flight home to Charlotte, SC, standby, because his residency interviews in New York City, January 15, 2009 were concluded sooner than expected.
From the book: "As I took my seat, I pulled out two books I had been reading on the interview trail. One, The Sovereignty of God, by Arthur W. Pink, was a heavy theological book that had been convincing me of just how sovereign God is. The other was a little lighter read, Prince Caspian, by CS Lewis. This is a children's book with great biblical allegories....
"During this time on the taxiway, the flight attendants went through their typical speech of what to do if, "In the unlikely event of a water landing, your seat cushion may be used as a flotation device." I only half-way registered what she said, but I guarantee you, those words will never fly past my brain again, unattended."
From the Foreword, by Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations:
"When you're hurtling toward death, the character already developed in you takes over like an auto-pilot, and finds expression in one way or another. In Andrew's case, while others might have screamed in terror, his response was to ask the nearby passengers if he could PRAY with them. Now that's the kind of doctor I want to attend me when things are taking a turn for the worse, or as the saying goes, when it seems like the wings are about to fall off."
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Ask yourself how you would handle being in a disabled plane, screaming toward earth and almost certain death, with only seconds to live? What would you think about? What would you do? Would you be more concerned with trying to preserve your life, or would you think about those passengers around you, some of them about to enter eternity without knowing the Lord?
I’ve known a number of truly great men and women. They all had one thing in common: character. The United States Air Force Academy defines character as “the sum of qualities of moral excellence that stimulate a person to do the right thing, which is manifest through right and proper actions despite internal and external pressures to the contrary.” Adversity is surely one pressure that gives character a chance to express itself. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote about adversity and how times of testing prove our character and give us, and others, hope.
When you’re hurtling toward death the character already developed in you takes over like an auto-pilot, and finds expression in one way or another. In Andrew’s case, while others might have screamed in terror, his response was to ask the nearby passengers if he could PRAY for them. Now that’s the kind of doctor I want to attend me when things are taking a turn for the worse, or as the saying goes, it seems like the wings are about to fall off.
Andrew would tell you he’s not special because he’s a doctor, because we’re all equally special to God. Nor is he perfect. He’s just a follower of Jesus, a person who is still in the process of seeking to become more like his Master, the “Great Physician.”
And that’s the point in the end. It isn’t so much what you do for work, or what you accomplish in life, but who you are and who you are becoming that really matters, and when the chips are down this kind of character will find expression, one way or another.
David Stevens, MD - CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations