Based on Isaiah 26:1-12
Traveling to Washington, DC last week reminded me that air travel isnâ€™t as simple as it used to be. Iâ€™m old enough to remember when you got your ticket and went to your gate, often with family and friends who would kiss and hug you and wave as you boarded the plane.
Today, fliers undergo the necessary â€œjoyâ€ inflicted by the Transportation Security Administration. Friends and kin folks can go no farther than the security checkpoint, where fliers have to show photo IDâ€™s and boarding passes, take off their coats, shoes and belts, send them through an x-ray scanner along with their electronic devices and carry-on bags (which may be searched) walk through a metal detector, and, depending on what the T.S.A. folks say, may then be scanned by hand, physically searched or subjected to full body scans!
Travelers endure all of that because we live in a time when terrorism is a reality. We willingly accept a bit of inconvenience and embarrassment to know that weâ€™ll be safe in the air. What happens to air travelers mirrors the reality of life today. We lay money aside in case of hard times, put alarm systems in our houses to warn us of potential intruders, install antivirus software on our computers to keep them safe and, in some cases, purchase firearms to make sure that weâ€™re as secure as we can possibly be.
Those security measures are all good, but some circumstances defy our best efforts to be secure. We canâ€™t plan for unexpected sickness and grief, trouble and disappointment, frustration and aggravation that can make us anxious, stressed and disconsolate.
Insecure times are a part of life, but they wonâ€™t bring us down when weâ€™re in the hands of the God who knows what we need when we need it and knows just how much we can bear. When we look to and trust in the God who sent His Son into this world to save us from our sins, then we can find security in our most insecure times, knowing that we have a reliable guide, a constant protector and a sure friend.
Weâ€™ll all feel insecure sooner or later, but when we trust in Jesus, weâ€™ll find security that this world canâ€™t offer, the security that led one writer to say, â€œMany things about tomorrow I donâ€™t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.â€
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