Friday, October 13, 2023

Back in Liverpool

We arrived back on a Tuesday evening around 2100. It was a long journey but we made it. The flight from Kiev to Frankfurt was delayed by 30 minutes which had a knock on effect. 

The journey from arrival to departure in Frankfurt Airport was pressured and tense. This was the same as our outward bound journey. If you are training for a 5k run transiting through Frankfurt International Airport is good practice!

We eventually arrived at B28, our Departure Gate. Life is a bit like that transit in the Airport:

1. It’s unpredictable. 

A friend of mine who lived in Scotland was relatively well when I saw him less than a month ago. He died yesterday! None of us know ‘the day nor the hour’ so we’d be wise to prepare to meet God and make sure that we are ready for the inevitable but unpredictable day of our death. The ultimate warning of scripture is in Mark chapter 8 verse 36 ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’

2. It can get messy

Anyone who has been around a bit knows that life gets messy. It’s never plain sailing for long. We all have to live life as it is not as we’d like it to be. The reason the messiness is normal is because we are not perfect beings. We strive for perfection but it’s unattainable. Sin, failings and shortcomings all exist because of the fall of man, which is described in Genesis chapter three. It’s all the result of the first humans’ misbehaviour. In the story of the fall we have examples of two types of sin. One, where it was unintentional, Eve was deceived and tricked into sinning. The other, was an act of disobedience commited knowingly. 1 Timothy 2:14 states ‘and Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression’. You may ponder why and the implications but these are the facts. 

These types of sins still exist today. Both are wrong and will be punished appropriately by God. 

3. We will always, eventually, reach a destination!

It might not be when or where you want to go but we will always, eventually, arrive somewhere. Again this is like life but please, as I close, consider the options. I’ll leave you with what the Bible says. 

James 1:15 The Certainty of death
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Proverbs 14:12 Delusional Choices
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

John 14:6 The Safe Path
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Matthew 7:13-14 The Options
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Hebrews 9:27-28 The Offer
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

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