“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
The World moves fast. Sometimes too fast.
We find ourselves navigating through a rat race where it sometimes seems that every man and woman is their own island and everyone, whether friend, associate or declared enemy is an obstacle towards achieving our goals.
When did we all become so jaded?
Was it the first time we heard the word no? Was it the first time we gave it our all for something just to fall short?
Was it the first time we had our hearts broken?
Whatever it was, life's blessings are contained in every breath we take, every genuinely kind word we exchange and every moment we take to reflect on the good times and people we have in our lives.
For 233 people aboard Ural Airlines Airbus 321, the opportunity to remember this idea of simplistic happiness was almost aborted in a Moscow minute. It's almost ironic that that flight number "321" almost represented the fast countdown to what they surely must of felt was their almost certain collective demise.
Some of the passengers may have left that morning towards the airport, taking for granted the fact that that fateful day may have been their last on this earth. The automatic nature of planes going up in the air and landing safely is rarely challenged and to be dismissive of potential tragedy would be reasonable based on statistical probability. Many may have neglected to tell their spouses, family and closest friends that they loved them. I would speculate that the thoughts of many of the passengers thoughts in the moments as the plane barreled to the ground and the smell of smoke and fire encompassed the cabin went straight to those very important people in their lives.
Not unlike the "Miracle on the Hudson," the famed US Airways Flight 1549 Captained by former fighter pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger, the landing of Ural Airlines Airbus 321 required skill, precision and yes faith.
For pilot Damir Yusupov, faith in his ability and decision making was absolutely instrumental in landing the plane safely in a cornfield on the outskirts of Moscow shortly after striking a flock of birds. Yusupov is a hero. A man that was touched by God in the critical moments where he found the intestinal fortitude to stare fear and death in the face and save the lives of people who owe a debt of gratitude to not only Yusupov, but to the main upstairs as well.
For the passengers that took a moment to pray for their safety, as well as the safety of their fellow passengers, their faith was repaid with another breath, another opportunity to express their love to the important people in their lives and another chance for reflection.
Yes, what happened in that cornfield outside of Moscow was truly a Miracle. A Miracle of God.