On A Jet Plane
The majority of us have flown in a plane. Let me remind those who aren’t quite sure…30,000 feet above the ground, travelling at about 1000 km/h, in a tin tube!! You with me now?
We place a lot of faith and trust in the mechanics, technicians and ultimately the pilot. The staff go through their pre-flight safety requirements and briefing in the case of an emergency. This is about the time that I switch off and start checking which movies are playing and trying to decide which one(s) I’m going to watch during the flight. I hear in the background…
“It’s unlikely; but if cabin pressure changes, the panels above your seat will open, revealing oxygen masks. If this happens, reach up and pull the mask toward you until the tube is fully extended. Place the mask over your nose and mouth, slip the elastic strap over your head and adjust the mask, if necessary. Breathe normally and the oxygen will start flowing. Be sure to adjust your own mask before helping others.”
Unfortunately, we are living in days where people have switched off and are ignoring the safety briefings and are not listening to the emergency warnings. They have no clue or idea about what the future holds and are living life in the moment, apparently with no cares in the world.
I am not so sure – if you look close enough and take the time to get to know someone, you will find that people are searching and are closer than you think to listening and accepting the emergency warnings. Whilst the gospel message may seem offensive to some people, they still need to know that Jesus is the answer and He is the only one that can save them from an eternity without Him. He came to seek and to save the lost. He is the oxygen they need to breathe.
Just like the airline announcement says; “Breathe normally and the oxygen will start flowing. Be sure to adjust your own mask before helping others.”, I encourage you to look at yourself before judging others. Breath normally and allow the breath of God flow through your life. Make sure your own relationship with God is right first before attending to others. It is from this position of security, safety and love that people will sit up, take notice and listen to the emergency announcement you share with them.
Show someone the love of God today.