Stick with the Plan

The smoke was saturating the chamber. Each of the desperate astronauts were working to isolate the source of the flames and squelch the fire. But that's when the once speedily synced team hit a roadblock. The fire in the international space station had been identified, but one set of astronauts wanted to retreat into an untouched capsule where they could develop an escape plan, while the other group thought it best to stand and fight the flames. "We're in over our heads! We need to retreat and regroup," said one team. While the other said, "No! We're better off containing the flames and saving as much of the station as we can," said the others. As precious seconds passed, the teams began to lose ground as their plans conflicted until finally a buzzer sounded letting them know the simulation was over (Hadfield 57). They had failed to stop the fire, a crucial error if they had actually been in space. This experience was told by Chris Hadfield in his recent book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. This was just one of countless simulations that he and his teammates went through on their way to a real mission in the most remote since lab in the world-- the international space station. He points out how all the different simulations instead of inciting fear of disaster actually equip and enhance an astronaut’s confidence. When something does go wrong, they have the confidence of hundreds of simulated scenarios under their belt that they can draw from to handle the situation. They have been armed by the past to handle the future (Hadfield 61).

After talking about Israel's past failings, Paul points out that the past can be a lesson book for the present when he says, "Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:11-13) God provides the strength for meeting each new challenge as long as we remember His past teaching and take His lessons to heart. 


Hadfield, Chris. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Toronto, Ontario: Random House Canada, 2013. Print.