Seventy-seven years ago today Charles Lindbergh took off aboard “The Spirit of St. Louis” on his historic solo flight from Long Island to France. His adventure brought the twenty-five-year-old pilot unimaginable fame and fortune. He soon embarked on a promising career as an aviation consultant and was wed to the beautiful daughter of a prominent family. “Lucky Lindy” was the name given to Lindbergh by the enthusiastic press. Everything seemed to be going his way.
What a difference a few years would make! The fame which appeared to be a blessing was in many ways a curse. His celebrity status tragically made Lindbergh and his family the target of exploitation with the sad kidnapping and murder of his infant son in 1932. Lindbergh spent the remaining four decades of his life as a somber recluse.
Life is filled with uncertainties, as Solomon observed:
“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12).
Time provides a perspective, enabling us to properly assess life?s events. As Lindbergh noted: “Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.”
The ultimate perspective is eternity. From God?s viewpoint, all things are made clear. In faith, we must do our best to follow God?s will and trust in the Lord. Looking to God, we can properly deal with life?s uncertain course.