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U.S. Airways Flight 1549 "Standing on His Wings"

I was watching Fox New channel this morning, and witnessed NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pay tribute to the pilot of Flight 1549. Now being lovingly referred to as, "Sulley".

Mayor Bloomberg said: "It woud appear the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and making sure everyone got out." The pilot "walked the plane twice" to ensure all passengers had got out before leaving the plane himself."

I know I am not alone, but this particular picture, of the passengers of flight 1549, has captured the very depths of my heart. And if you didn't know already, it was captured on an iphone, by Janis Krums of Sarasota, Florida. This immediately was broadcast on the Internet, all over the world.

Again, while the news was breaking about the plane crash on the Hudson River, of U.S. Airway Flight 1549 - I also had quick access to Twitter... and Twitter I did! Twitter folks were broadcasting information as it was being made available, as fast as we could "tweet"! It was quite a site to behold -- as photos and video footage began to stream.

All of this amazement aside - I continued to go back and reflect on this particular stunning picture. The symbolism of what I was seeing, overwhelmed me -- as much as the miracle I was literally beholding. On one site, that posted this picture - it read "Standing on the Wings".

I used to have such a fear of flying, that when I was only a little bit younger, I would ask my husband for a blessing - to calm my nerves. Flying was so stressful for me. It often took me a day or two to recover, once I landed. You would never know it to observe me - but on the inside I was extremely fearful. Every bit of turbulence, I was certain I was going to die. Honestly, I am not exaggerating. However, my fear was not so great - that I was willing to miss out on traveling for whatever I desired.

As I began to fly more often, and realized that I most likely would not die - I decided to just accept, that my life was truly in the Hands of God. I made a conscious decision to allow Him to take away my fear, and just accept whatever destiny, and that He was in control.

Believe it or not, flying has now become very relaxing for me. I look forward to it. Once I began to visualize, that vulnerable jet in the palms of His Hands - all my fears dissipated. For me personally, that has been a miracle.

As I have gazed upon this picture of that strong jet, carrying on its wings, literally the lives of each passenger and crew aboard - I can't help but have it confirmed in my heart - that this visual is profoundly striking to our relationship with our Heavenly Father, each and everyday of our lives.

I feel such a gratitude, for each one of us, who are rescued and can consider ourselves "survivors" of such evil, etc.. that we experience in the world today. It is my personal belief - that each one of us, through the atonement of Jesus Christ - Stand on His Wings!

tDMg
LdsNana-AskMormon

16 comments :

  1. I personally like this photo the best. Just moments after the landing and before help arrived. They are so isolated and alone, yet hope isn't lost. Help is coming!

    http://flickr.com/photos/gregorylam/3200086900/

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  2. @Natasha - Thank you;-)

    @Jared - I too, love that picture, but I'm still very drawn to the "rescue" symbolism. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and share:-)

    tDMg
    Kathryn

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  3. great post. nice symbolism. thanks for sharing.

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  4. I can hardly watch the coverage of this amazing event without getting choked up. What a great post. I love it!

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  5. Our life experiences offer much to be learned from if we look deeper into the symbolism and what it is that Heavenly Father is trying to teach us. I appreciate your reminder and sharing your personal experience to illustrate just how real the concept of trusting the Lord is. I hadn't seen that photo yet, so thank you for sharing.

    -Jennette

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  6. @annie - Thanks for stopping by. I'm really glad that others can see a similar symbolism.

    @Stephanie - I am so with you. It was such a miracle, and very humbling to witness it.

    tDMg
    Kathryn

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  7. S&J -

    I think that is one of our greatest challenges in life... There is symbolism in every part of our lives. The more we connect these dots, the more we truly come to understand, WHO is in control:-)

    tMDg
    Mom

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  8. This was a very inspiring event, and so miraculous that not only did everyone survive, but only one has serious injury. Thank you for drawing such a powerful and positive spiritual parallel - Love, MoSop

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  9. MoSop -

    Inspiring because we witnessed not only the "best" parts of humanity in action, but that if willing to see and acknowledge, also the Hand of God.

    I so appreciate the experience, knowledge and "heroism" displayed by the pilot of flight 1549. I believe it was a family member of the pilot, that eluded to "Sulley's" life motto. Apparently, he had trained his mind to always think... What would I do, IF "this" happened? So, most likely, he had already played out in his mind, what he would do IF such an occasion as "this" occurred.

    I too, love that course of action for life. In living the gospel, we can also apply the "What would I do, If" principle -- knowing, that if we choose well -- God will be right there with us:-)

    tDMg
    Kathryn

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  10. I’m delighted to say Janis Krums (@jkrums) has agreed to take questions from followers of my blog, Third Sector Forums’ users and folks on twitter. The best questions will be posed to Janis and the full interview will be posted on The Lab.

    So what are you waiting for…you can add your questions to the comments section of the post: http://thirdsectorlab.co.uk

    I’ll be taking questions over the next 24hrs, right up until 20:30 GMT on 19th January 2009.

    Ross
    http://www.twitter.com/thirdsectorlab
    http://www.thirdsectorlab.co.uk
    http://www.thirdsectorforums.co.uk

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  11. Ross -

    That is great information. Thank you for sharing it with my readers.

    tDMg
    Kathryn

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  12. The message for the flight 1549 is: "Prepare For Impact." A message so profound for these times. As the people were rescued... the second message for me was: "I am here." Something that I forget and am happy to be reminded of.

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  13. Insightful Nana -

    Well said! I keep hearing reports, that "Sulley" gave the instructions, to either "prepare" or "brace" for impact.

    Greater instruction, applied to our lives - cannot be found. This is the very same command that our Heavenly Father sends us, when He counsels us through Living Prophets today - to "Prepare" or "Brace" ourselves for the Second Coming!

    Isn't it interesting that these two words, mean the exact same things. Not one of us will be successfully prepared/braced for His coming, if we are not "ready" at all times -- for IMPACT!

    tDMg
    Kathryn Skaggs

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  14. Great post. Thanks for sharing. And especially for your comments on fear of flying. I shall do it your way from now on!

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  15. Anne -

    So nice to see you. Yes, my fear of flying was brought to the surface once again, through witnessing such as event. I'm truly grateful to know that Heavenly Father is the one in control of our lives, and that we can just relax and let him take that wheel:-)

    tDMg
    Kathryn

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