Unknown to the pilots, someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees. This error placed the aircraft 28 miles to the east of where the pilots assumed they were.
As they approached Antarctica, the pilots descended to a lower altitude to give the passengers a better view of the landscape. Although both were experienced pilots, neither were aware that incorrect coordinates had placed them directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano that rises to a height of more than 12,000 feet.
As the pilots continued the course, the snow and ice-covered volcano blended with the white of the clouds, making it appear as though they were flying over flat ground. By the time the instruments sounded the warning that the ground was rising fast toward them, it was too late. The airplane crashed into the side of the volcano, killing everyone on board.
It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error—a matter of only two degrees.
Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to mentor and counsel many people. As I look at God’s people, including myself, I have learned that much of the failure we are seeing is a result of “two-degree” error living.
Countries, relationships, businesses and holy living don’t fail overnight. It’s usually “two-degree” error living. What are you accepting in your life that used to be unacceptable?
It is my opinion that the USA finds herself where she is today, because those at the helm have led us away two-degrees at a time. As I observe the differences in our world between when I was thirty and when I turned sixty, it is shocking. Very little, if any of it, happened over night.
The same can be said of Christian living.
What is your tolerance for being off course? The longer one stays off course, the further one will be away from the intended target, which invites unwanted pain and consequences. We don’t run away from our values – we drift away two-degrees at a time, and find ourselves in places we never meant to be.
Straying off course does not have to result in a terrible crash in life. Course corrections can be made in-flight. Here’s the Good News – no matter how terribly off course you are, no matter how far you have strayed, the way back is clear. Make a course correction and head back towards God, towards His word. He awaits you with open arms.
“I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” – Job 23:12