Flight Plan

Recently I saw Flight Plan for the second time. Flight Plan was released in 2005 and I saw it within two weeks of release being a big fan of Jodie Foster. I had not appreciated how great a movie it is and how great a lesson can be learned from it. Flight Plan stars Jodie Foster as Kyle Pratt, a propulsion engineer who is on a transatlantic flight with her 6-year-old daughter a week after the death of her husband when her daughter goes missing, at least in her mind.

The crew and passengers of the flight have no recollection of Pratt’s 6-year-old daughter ever being on the plan. After extensive efforts to locate the child Pratt insists boarded with her, the captain of the flight receives a communiqué from headquarters advising that Pratt’s daughter had died a week earlier with her husband. Pratt is believed to be deranged and she is confined to her seat under the supervision of the on-flight air marshal and counseled by an onboard psychologist.

And she is almost convinced that her daughter is dead and never boarded the plane. But she resists the urge to accept what others believe about her and despite efforts to confine her to her seat maintains the search for her daughter. The movie of course ends well with her finding her daughter and exposing a plot to extort money from the airline.

Pratt stood alone against everyone on the plane and found the daughter she knew had not been killed and had indeed boarded the plan with her. No need to bore you with the details, that’s the movie. But the details do make it interesting. My focus is on only one thing, what Kyle Pratt knew. Pratt knew that her daughter had boarded the plan with her despite what others believed (that Pratt was deranged and in the throws of denial over the recent sudden deaths of both her husband and daughter). Because she knew with certainty that her daughter was alive and on the plane and she did not give up the search or even at her weakest moment believe the lie put forth by the plotters and believed by the flight crew. She remained certain of what she knew, against all efforts to weaken and discredit her and cause her to doubt herself.

Our certainty should be so much greater than hers. All odds are with us; we are sure to win; we know the end of the story; we are all assured of our victory! We know that Jesus lives and He lives is us as we make space available.

1 John 2:24 (KJV) Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

John 20:31 (KJV) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.