DATE: June 30, 2019
TEXT:. John 10:9-10 - ESV - I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. Are there things that people do that get your goat?
You know, I’m talking about miniscule things which make you overreact? I just had one. Pam and I were returning from the Lumber Yard. We had to make a left turn onto a busy thoroughfare. No problem, the corner has a turn signal which provides for a safe maneuver. Not everybody gets through, but if the people pay attention to the light change, a half-dozen or more cars can move on
You saw the problem there, didn’t you?
We were in line, .2nd in line to make the turn. The light changed. The light changed but the car in front of us sat. And sat. And sat............. And that’s when I ever-so-gently bumped my horn. The head of the driver in front of me snapped up, and his car got going just as the light turned to red.
And there I sat. Moments of my life crept by, never to be recovered.
Well, at least it was only moments. It wasn’t an hour... or eight hours. Now, I didn’t pick that eight hour number at random. You see, eight hours is how late a Pakistani International flight was when they tried to fly from Manchester, England to Islamabad.
These people lost eight hours of their lives because a lady decided she wanted to hit the washroom before they took off. The stewardess mentioned the seat belt light was already on...but the lady knew where she was going.
Sort of. She opened the door to the loo....but it wasn’t the door to the loo. It was the emergency exit door which triggered the emergency slide to deploy, which meant, according to regulations, everyone had to get off the plane...along with their luggage. Some of the passengers were allowed to get back on the plane. Some, but not all. Without the emergency chute, the number of passengers traveling had to be reduced. The rest of the passengers traveled later.
I feel sorry for those folks.... the people who won’t ever get those hours back, and the airline who won’t ever get back the thousands of dollars it will cost them to replace the plane's slide.
Now this devotion can find application in any number of ways. For example:
Any of these might work, but I prefer to let the words of Jesus set the tone. He said He is THE door. Not A door; not one-of-many doors. You may believe all doors are the same and that all of them will get you to where you want to go... but you would be wrong. There is just one door to heaven and Jesus is it.
The Lord of life Who has given His life for us; Who sacrificed Himself and then defeated death via His resurrection is the only way to receive forgiveness and a welcome into heaven.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the door of this world may look the same but they are not. Help the world’s sinners see, acknowledge and believe in what You have done. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: . https://www.newser.com/story/276308/she-went-to-use-the-toilet-she-opened-the-wrong-door.html and the article written by Jenn Gidman
he music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html
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