Yesterday a dear friend from America arrived to visit us. Mom and I love being tour guides. We have our itinerary planned and look forward to showing her our UK world.
When she arrived at the departure airport in America, she sent a message to tell us her flight was delayed. A little while later another message came informing us of another delay. I kept watch on this end, looking online at flight arrivals so we would know what time to be at the airport.
Now she is with us and we are already off to a great start, having taken her yesterday afternoon to see some of our favorite views where we live in our coastal town. She walked on our pebble beach. Even our dog, Jack, took her into the hills to show her a much loved walking place where the views back over to the sea are gorgeous. She was slightly delayed in her flight to get here but all is well now.
I couldn’t help but think of the flight departure that awaits everyone who personally knows Jesus. He has promised to return to take us to Himself. He will actually meet us in the air! What an exciting flight that will be. There will be no delays in that flight. At the already appointed time (Our heavenly Father has scheduled that time) Jesus will be sent to collect us. Here is what we are told in I Thessalonians 4:15-18, “We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.” It certainly is encouraging to know that we who have invited Jesus into our lives, accepting His forgiveness and promise of eternal life, will be taken to live with Him in perfect joy (no sadness, tears, or death) in heaven for eternity.
I sometimes look into the faces of people I see on the streets or in shopping areas, or I think of people I have met all over the world in my travels, and I wonder and hope and pray, that understanding of the opportunity of eternal life in heaven will come to them. It’s so easy to receive Jesus into one’s life. Just call out to Him, thank Him for dying to forgive everything you have ever done, invite Him into your life. He will come. He will forgive. He loves you. I hope you come.