Missing the Mark

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Thomas Lamb Airways, later re-named Lambair, was founded by Tom Lamb in 1934. It was created to quickly transport fish from The Pas in Northern Canada to where it could reach the USA markets. Tom and his six sons moved trappers and fur, fishermen and fish, miners and mining equipment as well as supporting isolated communities of Northern Canada. Their motto was, “Do not ask where we fly, tell us where you want to go”.

On November 13, 1979, a Lambair flight took off from Churchill heading for Chesterfield Inlet. On board this plane was a flight crew of three as well as cargo of one snowmobile and many cases of soft drinks for the Arctic Co-op. Reportedly the plane was overloaded. Shortly into the flight, one of the two engines experienced trouble, forcing the crew to descend and turn back to the Churchill airport. Just one-quarter of a mile short of the runway, a wing clipped a power pole causing a crash landing on the unforgiving rocks. Thankfully, although two of the crew were seriously injured, no one was killed in the accident. The wreckage of this plane can still be found on the scenic route along the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba.

This particular plane had been flying since 1945. Although it was only one-quarter of a mile from the runway, the plane still missed the mark. It did not make it to a safe haven.

Perhaps you have been ‘flying’ for many years, comfortable with life. Or maybe, like many of us, you are laden with the baggage of life. Although we may try to prepare ourselves for Heaven, there is nothing we can do in ourselves, to get rid of our own cargo of sin. The good news is that the work has been done for us! The Lord Jesus Christ, the spotless Son of God, took our sin and paid the price for it on the cross of Calvary. The Lord Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Because He loves us, He willingly took our place so that we can be made right with God. When we come to Him, confessing our sins and trusting Him, we can be sure of our place in Heaven. We will not miss the mark!

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