In an earlier post, I suggested that the safe evacuation of US Airways flight 1549 was not a miracle. It was a demonstration that God uses prepared people.
I’d like to advance the argument, and suggest that it was the OPPOSITE of a miracle. A miracle is a divine, temporary suspension of the ordinary laws of nature for the accomplishment of a specific purpose through supernatural means.
In this case, the laws of nature saved the aircraft. Captain Sullenburger and his crew capitalized on those laws.
- Laws of momentum kept the plane moving forward instead of dropping like a rock out of the sky.
- Laws of gravity kept the plane from hurtling into outer space, and tugged it back to earth.
- Laws of friction slowed the craft to make it manageable enough to land, and stopped the plane’s forward motion in the water.
- Laws of fluid dynamics provided lift, as Bernoulli’s principle taught engineers how to shape an airplane wing, tugging the plane up as it moved forward.
- Laws of electronics governed the equipment on the aircraft.
I’m sure our scientifically inclined readers could add more. Can anyone calclulate the “vectors?” Were it not for these laws, the passengers would have died.
Thank God for an orderly universe. Thank God for his predictable laws of physics. Thank God for holding all things together, permitting the pilot to do his thing.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:17, NKJV).
It was not a miracle; it was an un-miracle. Thank God!
The only true miracle will be if there are no lawsuits.