It happened again this week as we began our trip to India. We checked in at our local airport and our tickets were stamped TSA Pre-Check. It seems like for the last five years with every trip we’ve taken our boarding passes have been TSA Pre-Check. We never applied for that privilege. We didn’t do anything to earn it or deserve it nor did we pay for it. We really enjoy the benefits though. The security line for Pre-check is narrow. Very few people enter through that gate. You don’t need to take off your shoes or jacket. You don’t need to take your laptop out of its case.
What a contrast to the numerous lines of travelers waiting to pass the regular security check point. The stress is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Some people are anxious because they are very close to the time that their planes are leaving. Others are frantically removing items from their pockets and belts from around their waists. All electronic devices must be removed from carry cases. Everyone is required to take off shoes and jackets before walking through the X-ray detectors.
TSA Pre-Check reminds me of the words of Jesus from his Sermon on the Mount. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” Matthew 7:13. The difference is at the airport you will eventually get through security and catch your plane no matter which line you stand on, while the security lines that lead to eternity offer only two choices. The narrow gate is God’s very own pre-check. You don’t earn it, you don’t deserve it, and you don’t pay for it. It’s all been taken care of through Jesus and the sacrifice he made by dying to pay for our sins. All we do is accept it.
India Update: we arrived safely and have had a peaceful few days to sleep and adjust to the time change. Harold and Vikki are such a blessing to us. He’s a trooper at only seven weeks out from surgery. Today, after breakfast, we will begin laying out the details needed for the coming weeks. On Monday Sal will officiate at the 60th anniversary celebration for Thomas and Marykuddy Samuel. Wednesday we leave for a three day conference in Kerala. Please pray for all of us to stay healthy and strong. Pray also for the Lord to be glorified in all that takes place.