We love to travel; we both enjoy the planning process – scanning destinations and flights, hotels, restaurants and all. Most of all, I love the feeling of happiness that comes with going away from routine and resting from the hustle of daily life. Over the years, travelling anywhere has become our personal gift to ourselves.
If you live in a region where flight schedules are uncertain and you have somewhere important to go or a pressing deadline, often times, travellers will aim for the first flight, bus or train in other to avoid stories that touch. If you live where there is heavy road traffic, you will wake up early to beat the traffic. Throughout history, you will find records of how human beings found a way to adapt to their environment.
We share a collective love for travel that we could spend time talking about, but today, we will be talking about a different type of flight, probably the most important flight.
Last year, when the world shut down in response to COVID-19, everyone was surprised that it was possible for the whole world to go on vacation. I hear that in some cities, wild life began to encroach into the city because of human inactivity. As usual, we settled into the routine of staying still in our homes. Later on, vaccines were introduced, amidst the debate in favor of or against, people were encouraged to take it. This year, there has been a greater push for people to take the vaccine with increasing restrictions imposed on those who have refused to take it.
Everywhere you go, your vaccination status seems to be the visa required for entry. I have heard some people suggest that the vaccine is the mark of the beast and I do not agree with that school of thought because when that time comes, it will be clear that you are taking the mark of the beast. But as I watch the increasing limitations that will eventually be enforced, it all feels too familiar, like reading the pages of my Bible jump out to life. I feel like this season gives me a glimpse of what is to come. From my point of view, it is not pretty to have to flash a card or QR code to have access to the people, places and things that have become a part of my daily life. Assuming we get to a time and place when getting vaccinated is the requirement for us to interact with all things that we associate with daily living, then being cut off for lack of it has the potential for untold hardship. If this season is a dress rehearsal of what is to come, we need to be thankful to be able to witness it and begin to take our walk with God more seriously.
I have spent the last few days in awe of how true God’s word is. How is it possible that a book written so long ago could be so true and relevant today? How could men of old be so current and accurate about a future that they knew nothing about? How could the ancient be so in touch with the present? How could a book so despised make it from generation to generation?
God has being speaking to us, sending warnings through His word, His prophets and His creation. He desires all of us, not some of us and there is a place for everyone who chooses Heaven. As you look around the world today and reflect on the things that mark the end of time, do not get bug down by when the end will come but focus on mending your relationship with God.
It is as simple as a prayer of surrender and then living each day with the awareness of a surrendered life. A surrendered life is one committed to doing what God says and going where He sends.
If the world that I see today is a glimpse of the future that will be, then more than ever, I want to be on the first flight to Heaven. Two scriptures stand out for me –
- ‘This is the day that the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it’ – reminding yourself that everyday is the Lord’s day and living in the Lord’s day keeps you conscious of how you should live in it.
2. ‘And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart’ – Our Christian walk is about doing well by God’s standard, if you don’t get tired of doing what God says, you will make it to the finish line.
If you are wondering how to live each day conscious of the Lord and not fainting in your walk, we share some simple steps below:
1. A simple prayer – With just a simple prayer, ask God to take the lead in your life – you can make a decision for God today.
2. Get back to the word – the Bible is God’s guidebook for Christians, it tells you how God designed us to live.
3. Don’t walk alone – find a fellowship of Christians to help you walk this path.
4. Keep growing, if you fall, pick yourself up and keep moving. His hands are always there to lift you up.
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