It was called the Hudson River miracle. You might recall when flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson river that runs from north to south primarily through the eastern part of New York. The plane lost both engines when it flew into a flock of geese. With no airports nearby, the pilot, Captain Charles B. Sullenberger, made a snap decision to land the plane on the river. The miraculous landing saved 155 passengers and 5 crewmembers.
When the incident was reported, people called it nothing short of a miracle. Commentators talked about “Angels carrying the wings of the plane and then keeping it afloat in the water until every passenger safely escaped.” It was a divine moment. God supernaturally intervened in what could have been a tragic crash and lost lives.
As time went by, experts began dissecting the event and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the hand of God that saved these people. It was the experience and ability of Captain Charles B. Sullenberger. They even gave credit to the construction of the Airbus.
“This was no miracle,” determined the experts. “It was the right man at the right time that safely landed the plane.” After all, Sullenberger had 40 years of experience. He had been a fighter polit. He has written manuals, taught other pilots how to fly and land, and how to respond to emergency situations.
“With all his training,” commentators agreed, “he was the right man for the job.” Are they right? Was it the wisdom, ability, and man’s experience that saved the passengers and the crew? Or, was it God. We’re quick to identify human effort, intelligence, and talent before we consider what happened might be a miraculous movement of God—a divine intervention.
It’s easy to say God performed miracles in the Old and New Testament, but does He still perform miracles today? If you believe God’s Presence and power in the form of the Holy Spirit is still with us, then the answer is, “Yes.” God still executes modern day miracles.
As Christians we’re taught that God is involved supernaturally in our everyday lives, but do we really believe that’s true? Or do we believe it is collaboration between God and man? I believe in both. God is not limited to what He can do through one abandoned Christian willing to say, “Use me, Lord. Use me.” Willingness, dependency, and obedience to the leading of the Spirit are the makings of miracles.
It’s easy to forget the purpose of a miracle. Our nature is to think about our own need or desire rather than consider the source of the miracle. God performs the phenomenon in our lives to show His glory. When we look to Him as the Miracle Maker, our faith, along with those watching, grows deeper and more intimate. God doesn’t need us to show His power and glory on the road of impossible. It’s a partnership in experiencing and seeing the realness of God as we journey through this life.