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May 5, 2010

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

As  boys playing soldiers, we would often cry, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.”  We would watch a movie and the pilot would hawk over the radio, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.”  Just in context, we assumed the message was a request for help.  And we were correct!

I began to ask about this word.  Did it begin during a war?  When do you use the word? 

Mayday is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in voice radio communications.  The term is derived from a French word meaning “come help me.”  This term originated in 1923 to serve as a distress signal if planes had trouble when flying between London and Paris.  The call was to be voiced three times to insure that no mistake was made in receiving the call for help.

I realize that the distress call is made in a real emergency.  When using the call one assumes that a disaster is about to occur.  The pilot on a plane runs out of fuel and he knows that he is going to crash.  He wants someone to know where he is so that he can be rescued.  His only hope is that someone is listening and will respond to “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.”

I have certainly been in some scary situations as you have read in a number of my blogs. They were not times of desperation like the crashing of a plane, but for me they were moments of deep distress.  I may not have shouted “Mayday,” but in my mind there was a call for help.

(If you are a new reader, check some of these blogs that share times of my calling for help:  December 19, 2009, Angel At Christmas; January 2, 2010, Rescue at the Quarry; January 11, Flying by the Seat of your Pants!;  January 16, Voodoo in Haiti;  January 23, Elevator Fall;  February 15, Miles and Miles in the Dark;  February 21, Stormy Seas;  March 9, Sequirres;  March 17, The Robber and the Mask;  March 30,  Emergency Landing;  April 3, Feeling All Alone.)

In those above situations, as with many others, I have called out — either verbally or in my heart and mind.  My distress call was to God.  He does give us the privilege to call upon Him when situations seem desperate or scary.  He is always there and can hear us.  We don’t need a radio, but only a faith within us that knows our God hears every murmur from our soul.  And, we don’t have to give our location.  He knows where we are every moment.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that we have a Heavenly Father who responds to our urgent needs?  He is listening!  We just need to call on Him!

“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”  (Psalm 10:17)  “Call to me and I will answer . . . .”  (Jeremiah 33:3)

A reminder:  Keeping in touch with Him every moment can avoid a quick “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” to Him.  We should be calling to Him constantly with praises, thanksgiving, and intercession for others, not just in moments of fear and distress.  “Pray constantly.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)




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