Atlanta airport TSA security. Need I say more?
This can be an arduous process even for the most seasoned traveler, unless you are fortunate enough to qualify for the TSA Pre-check line.
After I had gone through security I headed for the escalator. Security for me had been rather easy since I qualify for the TSA pre-check program.
The gentleman in front of me on the escalator had just come from the side where you take off your shoes, your belt, your hat, your coat, you name it…it is not a fast or easy process.
As we approached the bottom of the escalator you could hear the mechanical voice on the plane train (the underground airport subway system that takes you to the various terminals) saying the doors on the train were about to close.
The gentleman in front of me ran down the escalator steps and jumped into the subway car as the doors began to close.
I can just imagine how he felt…”Oh good I made it!” Certainly he felt satisfied.
Now there are two tracks at the bottom of the escalator. The one on the right takes you to the terminals; however, the
one on the left takes you to baggage claim and ground transportation.
You guessed it! The gentleman jumped on the train that takes you back to baggage claim and ground transportation.
That sense of satisfaction I am sure dissipated quite rapidly as he realized he is going to need to go through security again.
When I saw him heading to the wrong train I wanted to yell out, “Stop! You are going the wrong way!” But there was no way to get his attention. I did not know his name and obviously yelling anything in an airport nowadays is not a very good idea.
He had made his choice. He had not stopped to consider if there was another option or even if this was the correct option. He made a snap decision.
Sometimes in life we have to make snap decisions, but it is best if we take a moment and ensure that the path we are choosing is the correct one.
Are you my dear friend on the path God wants you to be taking?
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalms 25:5 NLT)
Daily we need to pray that God leads us in His direction and not our own.
OR we may end up on the wrong ‘train’.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this. (Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG)
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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