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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2004 15:01:39 -0600
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Heavenly Connections

The Right Flight
by Tim Hall

Dorothy Fletcher didn't realize what a good
decision she had made as she boarded her flight.
By the end of the day, however, she owed her life
to that decision.

Dorothy, according to an Associated Press article
from December 31, is a 67-year-old resident of
Liverpool, England. She was on her way to her
daughter's wedding when she started experiencing
difficulties. A flight attendant quickly asked the
passengers if there was a doctor on board who
could help. Fifteen cardiologists, all bound for a
conference in Orlando, stood and offered their
services. After spending two days in intensive
care in Charlotte, NC for a heart attack, Dorothy
was able to make her daughter's wedding.

Not every flight has such expert medical care on
hand. Dorothy's decision to board this particular
plane was not made with cardiology care in mind,
but it turned out to be a wonderful perk.

Standing in the terminal of life, each of us must
make our decisions about which direction to take.
Many flights bid for our attention, promising
exotic and exciting destinations. One flight
stands out for its simple promise: "Come with us,
and we will treat you well; for the Lord has
promised good things . . ." (Num. 10:29, NKJV).
This is not a pleasure cruise kind of flight. But
something about its up-front style of advertising
appeals to us. We decide to board this flight
called Christianity.

Along the way, we experience difficulties. Other
flights can't furnish the help we need; they can
only land at the nearest airport and leave us
seeking out help on our own. The Lord's flight,
though, is blessed with the constant presence of
the Great Physician. He can provide expert care
for whatever needs we experience.

Look more closely at the advertising: "Even to
your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs, I
will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even
I will carry, and will deliver you" (Isa. 46:4).
Here's another statement of the Lord's offer:
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he
loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine
in the wilderness, and go after the one which is
lost until he finds it? And when he has found it,
he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. . . . I
say to you that likewise there will be more joy in
heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance"
(Lk. 15:4-7). The captain of our salvation (Heb.
2:10) is able to help us - and He is always
willing!

The flight before us is long. There are bound to
be hard times in store for each of us. Having the
right help available when we need it can be the
difference between life and death. Let us choose
wisely. Let us make sure that we get on the right
flight.
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