As I saw and heard the tragic news of the Malaysian airliner that was senselessly shot down a few days ago, I was deeply saddened for the loss of so many loved ones and their families. It was also a stark reminder of how unexpectedly our time on earth can come to an end. This terrible incident has hit home as I recently flew in numerous airplanes journeying to Kenya, flying feeling safe and secure in our airborne metal tube 35,000 feet above ground. I don’t like flying, but I know it is statistically safer than getting on the freeway or even driving a few miles to the grocery store. But one thing I never worried about when flying was being shot down by a surface to air missile from a hostile country far below. I’m sure the people on board flight MH17 never thought that either.
How many people boarded flight MH17 excited for the trip they were embarking on thinking of all they would be a part of on the other end? Whether it was visiting loved ones, vacation, conferences, or going home, having no clue that they would never reach their final destination, but instead would be on their way to their eternal destination. The same was true for 9/11, and can be true every time we walk out our front door. In a blink life here on earth can unexpectedly be over.
Each morning when I kiss my husband goodbye as he leaves for work, or I climb in my car to drive somewhere, I pray that we all will return home safely and embrace and reconnect once again. But it is never a guarantee. Life is very fragile, and each day is a cherished gift.
When our time is up for our earth suit days, God tells us very specifically how we can be sure our eternal destination will be with Him in heaven. His Word tells us for those who repent, believe in His Son Jesus, and receive Him as Lord, our True Identity is then as His child and His children will spend eternity with Him. (Galatians 3:26, John 3:16, Romans 10:10)
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17
I rejoice in knowing I am God’s beloved child. I have peace knowing I will share in His glory for eternity. And whatever awaits me outside my front door I want to live life full and fear-free with no regrets. I want to forgive, love, hug, encourage, fulfill my God given purpose and embrace each day as if it could be my last – well aware that in a blink, it could be.
For His glory!
My prayers are with the families who lost precious loved ones in this tragedy and others happening around the world. May God bring deep comfort and healing.