On July 15, 1942, a squadron of warbirds was flying from Greenland to England on its journey from the United States. Running into bad weather, the six P-38 fighters and two B-17 bombers turned around and tried to get back to Greenland. Finding the airfield closed, they prepared for a crash landing on the ice cap. Brad McManus was lowest on fuel, so his P-38 was the first to attempt the landing. With the wheels down, however, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft flipped upside down. The rest of the warbirds put their gears up again and landed on their bellies. Nine days later they were rescued by a dogsled team that led them to the coast and a waiting Coast Guard cutter. The squadron was soon forgotten amongst the other stories coming out of the war, but the pilots still remembered their planes. Finally, in the 1980's, the Greenland Expedition Society began searching for the lost aircraft. They finally found them two miles away from where they had landed and 262 feet below the surface of the ice. In 1992 they were able to take the last piece of one of the P-38s out of the ice. That aircraft has been fully restored and is now known as Glacier Girl.
I was really excited to see Glacier Girl last week at Sun-N-Fun and inspired as I learned about its story. My mind went to our condition as humans. We have crash-landed, are buried by sin and crushed to pieces. But God offers to pull us up out of this crushing prison we have become buried in and puts the pieces back together, restoring us into His image from which we have fallen. David once wrote, "You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth." (Psalm 71:20, NLT). Just like Glacier Girl, God promises that we will soar, completely restored into His image. What an amazing God we serve!