Posted on: February 15, 2023
The Revana people, including Layla, had been flying at near-lightspeed
for close to three years to settle on the new planet they were missioned
with terraforming. It was going to be their new home.
Alerts started popping up all over Layla’s screen. As chief navigator it
was her job to make sure everyone stayed on course to the planet. Layla
scanned her screens and her face started to burn red. Mortified, she sank
to the floor; she had failed her crew.
Layla read her screen again. “Fifteen degrees? We’ll miss the planet
“It’s all my fault.” Tears started to leak out of Layla’s eyes. She got
back up into her chair and put her head in her hands. “There’s nothing I
can do to fix this,” Layla thought to herself. “Even if I over-correct our
course, we don’t have the fuel to make up for the lost distance.”
Suddenly, a message alert popped up on Layla’s screen. The preview message
only read, “We can help.” Attached were the sender’s credentials,
identifying it as an official freighter ship.
Without hesitating, Layla accepted the message. Right now, she needed all
the help she could get.
“It appears your ship is off course and will collide with a nearby moon if
not corrected,” a voice crackled over the system. “Do you need assistance?”
“Yes!” Layla blurted. “How can you help us?”
“Our ship is a t24 freighter, so we have a large hauling capacity. If you
power down, we can tow you back onto course and help you avoid collision.”
“That would be amazing, but why would you help us? You don’t even know us.”
“I can see you’re a terraforming ship so you have civilians onboard, and
the rule of our ship is to come to the aid of any vessel in need.”
“Yes, we do have civilians. I… I made a mistake, and I couldn’t fix it in
time with our fuel supply. We needed your rescue.”
“We’ll be at your location within the hour.” The communication ended, and
Layla began to power down the ship. • Naomi Zylstra
•Have you ever felt like Layla? Throughout our lives, we get into trouble
that we can’t get ourselves out of—either because of our own failures, or
simply because we live in a world that has been broken by sin. But the good
news is, God wants to help us, no matter how we got into trouble.
• One of the primary ways God helps His people, is through His people! Has
someone ever helped you when you really needed it? What did they do?
Consider taking a moment to thank God for this, and maybe thank the person
• The gospel is the good news about how God rescues us through Jesus’s
life, death, and resurrection. Though none of us deserve to be rescued from
sin and death, Jesus freely rescues everyone who puts their trust in Him.
If you have questions about this, who are trusted Christians you could talk
to? (You can also find out more on our “Know Jesus” page.)
Yahweh helps them and rescues them. He rescues them from the wicked and
saves them, because they have taken refuge in him. Psalm 37:40 (WEB)