Just Passing Through

airport terminalRecently, we were hurriedly moving through the Atlanta airport. The concourses were crowded as usual. Thousands of travelers were scurrying in every direction. We passed by an advertising sign that caught my attention. The sign had large letters at the top with this question- Just Passing Through? In smaller letters farther down, a second question appeared – Aren’t we all? 

A sobering thought gripped my mind. Thousands of people were going every which way. Some were on business trips, some traveling on vacations, others going home. We were all just passing through Atlanta. I thought, transients – all of us are just transients. We move quickly, not only through airports, but also through this world. The words of an old gospel song came to mind;

This world is not my home, I’m just passing through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.

All of us are travelers through this world and also through the days of our lives. We’re on a rapidly passing probationary journey that will determine our eternal destination.  Words in the Book of James ring clear, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? Your are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:13-14, NIV).  

As we pass through, the things we gather around us are mostly temporary. However, Jesus said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son-of-Man will give you. On Him God has placed His seal of approval” (John 6:27, NIV).  Jesus also said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6: 19-21, NIV).

 “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding (1 Chronicles 29:15, KJV)


~ Brother Roy


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