Perspective - December 2013
Getting through airport security to board flights has been difficult, to say the least, since the terrorist attacks on 9/11 in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania.
I have learned which airports have the most complex process, and have a scorecard on the airports I fly in and out of frequently. I could weigh in on those having the slowest process!
Two boarding situations in recent months have been difficult and rather memorable. After two-and-a-half hours in line to board a plane, I called my wife and jokingly told her I was considering a bus for the return trip to Fresno. She laughed.
On another occasion not too long ago, Carmen and I were waiting to get on our flight. Just before time to board, the airline changed the gate. We rushed to the new destination where two flights were boarding at adjacent gates to depart at almost the same time. We chose to stand in line at the wrong gate, paying attention to the airline terminal and the throng of people moving about. Then we heard the dreaded announcement: "Whittakers, this is your final boarding call." We transferred quickly to the appropriate gate and were the last ones to board the plane.
I believe there are some spiritual truths to be drawn from this experience. There are people all around us whom we find are standing in the wrong line, and will miss the trip unless they hear the call. They stand in line and say, "Don't bother me. I am not interested. God is not on my agenda. Mind your own business."
This reminds me of the picture Jesus painted of the two gates in the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 7. As Christians we know and understand that "wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction," and many will take that road and enter through it.
As we listen to these confused voices, we must be the ones to proclaim, "Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life." We must remember that one day another call will come, the trumpet call, which will end all time. It is this realization in the short time I have left that drives me to keep focused on telling the Good News of Christ to a lost state, nation and world.
Many are like King Agrippa in Acts 26 who said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"
And Paul replied, "Short time or long - I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."
Let's continue to help those around us - family, friends and coworkers - to be in the right line so they can arrive at the glorious destination - Heaven.
Last Published: December 2, 2013 6:15 PM