Knowing Where We’re Going

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I had just boarded the airplane in Montgomery traveling to Atlanta. I was seated in First Class (this was commuter jet and all seats are First Class).

There was a mother traveling with two little girls ages 3 and 5, who were seated just ahead of me. The flight attendant spoke to the mother and then asked the little girls if they knew where they were going. To her amazement the little girls replied that they were going to Germany. They informed the flight attendant that they had to change planes in Atlanta. They expected to arrive in Germany about 9:00 the next day.

The flight attendant was really impressed that these little girls knew so much. She said, “I am amazed that you girls are so young and you know where you are going. I have a lot of adults who get on the plane and when there is a question about where they are going, they don’t know.”

It made me think – how many of us know where we are going. Even a 3 and 5 year old can be thoroughly versed in their itinerary and know where they are going and when they will get there.

It is reported that one day Dr. Albert Einstein was on a train leaving Princeton. In those days a conductor came along and checked your ticket and punched it. When the conductor arrived in front of him, Dr. Einstein started checking his vest pocket, his coat pocket, and his pants pockets and could not find his ticket.

The conductor quickly said, “Dr. Einstein you don’t need a ticket. I know who you are. I know you are an honest man and that you have a ticket. Don’t worry about it. I know who you are.” Dr. Einstein thanked him.

As the conductor started to leave that train car and go to the next one he turned around and saw Dr. Einstein on his knees on the floor looking for his ticket under the seat. He came back again and said, “You don’t need to find your ticket. I know who you are. There is no problem.” Einstein got up from the floor and looked at the conductor and said, “Thank you. I also know who I am but I need to find the ticket so I will know where I am going!”

It is good every now and then just to stop and ask ourselves the question “where am I going?” I am actually spending more time in my life now analyzing where I am going as a child of God and as a minister.

How would you answer the question – where are you going? Do you know where you are going today? Do you know where you are going this week? Do you know where you expect to be a year from now? – five years from now? – twenty years from now?

The Bible is very clear that God has a flight plan for each of us by which we can live our lives. If we know who we are, and whose we are, we also know the plan where He is leading us and where we are going.

It is important to know where we are going in this life, but it is even more important to know where we are going when we die. A lot of people are unsure of where they will spend eternity. The Bible is also very clear that God’s plans for our final destination that His children are to spend eternity with Him. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who lives and believes in me shall never die but shall have eternal life.” (John 11:25)

The plane has made an on time push back and is taxiing for the take off. Do you know where you are going?

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