They embrace, both of them are in tears. They sob.
This is not what they had planned. This is not what was supposed to happen. They had so much love for the people on the airplane that crashed into the French Alps. Father and Son, the Creators of the emotion of sorrow and the tears that gush down the faces of thousands, understand the deep wounds and the broken heart that comes from such tragedy.
“What the hell are you saying? Are you kidding me? God could have stopped that plane from crashing! How could He be crying in pain? What kind of God is He? Where was He when the co-pilot locked out the pilot? Why couldn’t something have gone wrong with the suicidal pilot’s plan to murder 149 other people? Where was God when all those innocent people were screaming in terror?”
He was watching and ready to receive before His throne 150 lives. He no doubt made sure suffering was minimalized as the plane crashed into the mountain at such a speed. He was angered at the evil that authored this horrific act and He was quite prepared to deal with that evil with justice and strength. He turned His heart to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims and orchestrated His love to burst into their devastated lives.
So, why didn’t He stop the pilot from flying the plane into the mountain?
Because you and I want free will!
Would you like to get drunk tomorrow? You know, of course, according to Scriptures, drunkenness is against God’s will for us. Would you want God to forcibly prevent you from going to the club tomorrow night? Your girlfriend…she looks great, doesn’t she? You aren’t married. Are you ready to “spend some time” with her? According to Scriptures, God says such intimacy is appropriate only for marriage. Do you want God to prevent you from “spending time” with your girlfriend?
Your answer is, of course, “no”! You don’t want God to control your life! You don’t want Him to prevent you from doing what you want to do! And you don’t want Him forcing you to do things you don’t want to do! Are you saying God should give you free will but He should not have given the co-pilot free will? Is it possible someone else is praying for God to prevent You from doing something or to force you to do something you don’t want to do? Should He answer their prayers and you become a robot?
The speculation, as reported by many news organizations, is that the co-pilot decided to lock the pilot out of the cabin. The co-pilot decided to take actions that would cause the plane to descend from 38,000 feet into the side of a mountain. The co-pilot decided his purposes were more important than the goals and desires of 149 other human beings. He was exercising his free will, just like you and I do everyday.
God’s will can be summed up with one statement – “love God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.” If the co-pilot had chosen God’s will, he would have loved the 149 people he was responsible for. He would have made sure they landed safely in Germany. Had he decided to follow God’s way, 149 people would today be going about their lives, sharing with their friends and loved ones the experiences they had in Spain. Instead, those friends and loved ones are attending funerals.
The Father and Son shed tears along with all those who grieve. Our hearts are with the survivors as well. May God grant them an abundance of compassion, grace, mercy and love in this very dark hour of their lives.