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.
I’ve had the joy and excitement of traveling on so many airplanes that I truly can no longer give an accurate count of the number of flights taken. Each one has its own story. There have been times when flights were delayed, twice when an air pocket was hit and the plane dropped several hundred feet in a matter of seconds. That put our stomachs in our throats. There have been bumpy landings and smooth ones. I’ve had friendly seat parters and others that were grumpy. I’ve had no-stop talking seat partners and those that pretended they didn’t hear me, or anyone else, when they spoke. Food has never been the best on any flight but some much better than others. On some flights the weather was clear and I could see for miles across the landscape when coming in to land. At other times it has been cloudy with very low visibility. Flights vary but every flight that takes off without incident and lands safely is a great flight.
I took another flight this week. As the plane taxied down the runway and lifted its nose off the ground, I could feel the force of gravity push my body into the seat. Then the plane leveled and all felt normal and smooth again. Yet another airplane ride reminded me of one flight I have yet to take. I’m looking forward to it. In fact, the older I get, observing world events, I realise with keen and glad awareness that there is a flight I may take which will literally be out of this world. Christians refer to it as “The Rapture.”
The Bible promises that one day Jesus will come again; it will be His second coming. At that time He will set up a new kingdom that will last for a 1000 years. Then comes the time of Judgement, but that’s not what I’m referring to at this time. I’m thinking of the greatest flight to be taken ever, and it could happen at any moment! The Rapture! Read I Corinthians 15:52-53: “It will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.” Now read I Thessalonians 4:16-18: “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, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forevermore. So encourage each other with these words.”
Can you imagine that flight? The sad thing is that not everyone will be on board. I hope everyone reading this has their flight reserved. It’s easy to get a ticket. It’s John 3:16.