One of my favourite things about travelling is international airports.
Airports are full of people from all over the world in transit. These purpose filled people are in the process of transitioning from one place to another. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation of what’s next, with a cacophony of colourful people from all of the cultures and countries of earth crisscrossing each other’s paths for a moment in time, never to see each other again.
But the one thing that an airport is not is a home. An airport is a point of transition for a moment in time. It is not a full stop, but a comma, a semicolon or an ellipsis. It is not a dead end but a bridge and a door way.
Treating an airport as anything but a point of transit will only lead to frustration! Have you ever tried to get a good nights sleep in an obscure corner on the floor or twisted up all kids of contorted positions as you attempt to wedge yourself between the arm rests of the chairs in the waiting room?
Well, you may also experience this same frustration, but to another entirely different level if you view your time on earth as anything but a place of transition.
Paul reminds us that we are in transition:
“We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace” – 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)
Just as those who transition through an airport are only passing through for a moment and leave without a trace, so too we are only here on earth for an extremely brief period of time. This is why the ‘heroes of the faith’ were able to endure great hardship. They understood their suffering would only last for a fleeting moment:
“They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own… they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland” – Hebrews 11:14-16 (NLT)
We don’t belong here. Regardless of what country we are from, every one of us can enjoy an ultimate citizenship in heaven, a home that will last forever:
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior” – Philippians 3:20 (NLT)
When you realise you are in transit, you act very differently to how you do in your home. You will bother less about sleep because you know you will catch up when you finally arrive home. Although you appreciate the amenities, you are less invested.
When we realise we are not home yet, we will live very differently. Our frustrations and suffering will be put into perspective. Our goals and the things we pursue and priorities will shift to match an eternal perspective.
Shift your perspective today, and live a life that counts for eternity as you live a life in transit!