Final Boarding

I’m in the Atlanta airport when I look down at my text messages to retrieve my boarding pass with the gate number, when I notice there is no gate number.  So I now find myself already on a train that is rushing through this huge airport while I’m trying to get online to research further what gate I’m supposed to be at.  Finally, I’m on the airline’s homepage online and my scheduled flight appears; I look at my little iPhone screen & see that my gate is D80.  Whew, that was fast and this train is “now approaching concourse B,”  so I’ve got a few moments to relax.  Later, when the doors open to concourse D I quickly realize that the gate numbers stop at D46!  That’s a long way from 80.  

“What is going on?” I ask myself, as I furiously attempt to get back online while riding the 2-story escalator up to concourse D.  Oh, I see now….gate D80 is the gate I’m ARRIVING at in Pittsburgh, not the gate I’m departing from in Atlanta!  I’m supposed to be at A6, and my flight started boarding 25 minutes ago!   I rush back onto the train and wait 4 more stops until I finally exit into Concourse A.  Of course, the numbers go down so A6 seems like a mile away.  As I approach the counter at my gate it says in all capital letters FINAL BOARDING.  I rush up and the gentleman standing there says “Jamie Shaver?”  

“Yes, yes that’s me, I’ve been all over the place in this airport trying to find where I’m supposed to be!  There was no gate number on the boarding pass you texted me, and …”

“Well, you’re here now Mrs. Shaver and you were the last one, we’ve been waiting for you, we have a full flight today,” the gentleman said.  

As I boarded the plane and walked the 25 rows to the back of the aircraft, I felt like everyone was staring at me.  There it was, the only empty seat left and it was mine.  I heard the stewardess close the door to the plane behind me.

God says in Romans 11:25 NIV  “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,”  

That phrase “until the full number of the Gentiles has come in” reminds me that God knows exactly the day, time and the person’s name who needs to “come in” to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before He brings about the next phase in His plan.  I pictured that seat and all the others on board just waiting for the “full number of passengers on that flight to come in.”  Like my experience I even imagine God saying the name of the person; knowing that their name is written in the Lamb’s book of Life and saying we can’t move until this last one “gets on-board.” And God knows exactly where they are right now.  Perhaps they are on a train seeking to know Him and the gateway of salvation and I pray that when they learn what “gate” they can enter through; Jesus Christ, that they will run to it like I did.  By the looks of today’s headlines and the current state of the world, I’d say we are in the FINAL BOARDING stage!

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14

Blessings to each of you.  Who do you know that is lost; following the wrong information or may need an escort to the gate that leads to eternal life?  Share the gospel with them today!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Do You Try to "Figure it Out" Or Do You Simply Trust God?

Recently, we decided to house and act as a “summer camp” experience for an inner city child through “Fresh Air Fund”.  Plans were set, and I had spoken to this child’s mother several times.  Then suddenly, the mother “pulled” her daughter’s application and told the administrators at Fresh Air that her daughter was no longer going to participate.  Upon getting the news our family was disappointed, especially my daughter who was excited to make a new friend.  

As I wondered about why they cancelled I was immediately relieved that I no longer believed the lie that everything that doesn’t work out the way I hoped is my fault or that I had to “figure out” why they made this choice!  

Do you blame yourself when things don’t work out the way you planned?

I can admit that there would’ve been a time in my life where I would have recounted verbatim every word I had spoken to the mother.  I would have lost sleep wondering what I could have and should have done differently; blaming myself for a result, that in reality, I have NO control over!  I would have requested that the administrator “figure out” why they cancelled and report back to me so I would know or maybe I could “fix” it (oh don’t go there unless God calls you to it!) instead of resting in God’s plan.  

When we try to “figure things out” it can lead to many unwanted problems, drama, upsets and heavy burdens.  God tells us in Matthew 11:30 that His burden is light

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- this is true when we trust God.  

When we choose to trust God we will find rest.

Yes, my soul, finds rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5


I now pray and believe that when I say or do something that genuinely caused hurt feelings or a change in plans that God will make it known to me and will also make known to me what I should do about it.  In the meantime, we must trust God and move on.  

It is so freeing to realize that most of the reasons people use to make decisions has nothing at all to do with us, but everything to do with them.  We must stop trying to “figure it out,” and start trusting God in the details of our lives.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

Yesterday, I received a call that a new girl has been matched with our family through Fresh Air Fund!  We are trusting that she is the exact child that God wants in our home.  

Are you tempted to try to “figure it out” or do you rest in God’s plan?

Written by Jamie Shaver

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