GOD and AIRPORTS

Last week I spent a lot of time in airports. I passed thousands of people with specific plans in mind. They were all coming from somewhere and headed somewhere else. Each of them has a life filled with desires and burdens.

Yet to me they were anonymous people. I might notice one for a few moments, as they caught my eye or as I snatched bits of their conversations.  If their physical presence intruded on mine, for those brief moments, they had my attention. But I did not think about any of them for long, and now they are forgotten. I have to force myself to remember a face, and I remain oblivious of their life’s condition.

Here and there I formed an opinion about someone; the way they intruded in line, the words they used to a store clerk, or how they handled their crying child. Now, even those opinions have disappeared.  To be blunt, I passed by those thousands of people almost as casually as I would a forest of trees along the highway.

Yet God was and is thinking about each of them in a very personal way. In fact, there has never been a moment in God’s forever existence – in which He has not had them on his heart. That astonishes me!

God loves them. He has a message for them. He has declared saving truth for them. A sacrifice was made for them. Right now Christ’s call echoes for them, if they would have ears to hear it . . .  if they would have a person to share it.

Airports remind me that I don’t think about people the way God does. I say I want many to be saved, but I did not think about salvation in a personal way for those thousands of individuals. My world does not reach far beyond – me.

Airports remind me that I simply do not have God’s capacity to have knowledge and concern for just the slice of humanity that passes by me, let alone the billions I will never see. Even more humbling is that for the handful of people I do know from the inside, I am helpless to help them with their most important needs.

Airports remind me God deserves my praise.  Why did He come to me and save me?!  What causes Him to be so faithful and attentive to me?!

Airports remind me that God is our only hope. What other hope is there for the immense ocean of human burden?  Only God is capable of knowing every heart and of meeting every need.

Airports remind me that if I want to be used by God, I must always pursue Him and His will for me. Unless Holy Spirit uses me, my life will have as much lasting impact as the footprints I leave along the beach.

Next time you are in a crowded place, whether it is an airport, or the mall, or even your own church; consider God’s concern for each of those anonymous people passing before us. People who are far from anonymous to him.

Originally posted 12.11

12 Responses to GOD and AIRPORTS

  • cheryl tryer says:

    He is astonishing. He is able to do all things perfectly. He has found a way to save sinners
    totally at His descretion and at the very high cost. He wants a relationship with us, the
    chosen ones.

  • Barbara Henry says:

    You’re analogies of us and God and His impact on humans are always so poignant…thanks for your honesty, that helps us all see our insufficiency…but how powerful in Christ!

  • Dawn says:

    This was my favorite post yet. Very thought provoking. You should use this analogy in a sermon.

  • Lavonne Ponstein says:

    That was excellent Kyle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Laurie says:

    Love this view…I am a people watcher for sure. Love to get to airports early just to do that. I always think about how each person has a story of happiness and sadness in their lives. God knows every story and is weaving it into His glorious plan no matter how sad the sorry may be. I am going to try a new thing…pray for these people I love to “watch”. Maybe I will be the only person praying for their salvation. Maybe I will be the person God uses to bring the Gospel??

    • Kyle Huber says:

      Laurie, you brought up a great perspective concerning what may be our unique role with prayer and the gospel in people’s live. Thank you for sharing it

  • Laura McCarthy says:

    My favorite post yet!

  • Winnie Thomas says:

    Kyle, For 18 years my husband was a part-time chaplain at the Atlanta International Airport (more people pass through this airport than any other in the world, more people use the subway train at this airport annually than the number who use the NYC subway!) Two Sundays a month Will (and our daughter and I) would do early services at our church, and then Sunday School and then head for the airport to conduct services (sometimes 3 a day). Sometimes it would be soldiers headed to war torn areas of the world and often the burdens they carried had more to do will home than war. Sometimes someone right in the middle of a loss. Sometimes missionaries headed to a new assignment. Will has recently stepped down from doing this to give more to our church ministry. but it was an awe inspiring experience. While Will was a paid chaplain for 14 of those years, there is also a volunteer chaplain’s group at the airport. God bless them all for doing ministry on a HUGE escalator. Every Christian traveler should remember that in all that passing mass of humanity there may be ONE person who was meant to be ministered to by them! BTW, bless you for your ministry to Russia…my daughter loves those people with a special passion!

  • Patty Austin says:

    I really like this post. There is a video going around. It shows a man who puts on special glasses and he can see what everyone around him is going through. In the beginning of the video , he gets annoyed when things happen , but then when he puts on the glasses , he gets a new perspective. We all need to try to treat people with compassion and to always try to pray for people. Everyone is going through something. I am glad you are home safe from your trip.

    • Kyle Huber says:

      Patty I thought of that same video today; see great minds do think alike :~) That video shares a great message – I have thought of using it for church.

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