Guest blog by Jeff Andrechyn.
This is the busiest time of the year at US Airways where we capitalize on the unassailable human desire to return home; and nothing activates this homing beacon we all carry better than the holidays. We fly college students, young families with their little ones, and soldiers home. They will risk being hurled into the atmosphere in a thin metal tube surrounded by 60,000 pounds of jet fuel attached to two rockets to satisfy this deep human need to return home.
Why home? Have you thought about that lately? Why on our continuing journey forward are we compelled to return home where we hope nothing has changed? We hope our parents vitality is as strong as when we were 12 years old. We hope our friends will be hanging out at the same coffee shop, and our old teachers will be waiting after school for us to return and thank them for their perseverance toward our betterment.
Does home have something to say about our sacred journey? So many of our favorite movies from The Wizard of Oz to Gladiator have the protagonist’s main goal to return home… “Click your heels three times and say there’s no place like home.” What is it about home and why do dying soldiers in their last breath call out for home?
Is home something we return to or is it a place we are headed?
When Mary Magdalene visits the tomb on the third day she is surprised beyond imagination to see a resurrected Jesus. She does what any of us would do in that situation, she runs to embrace Him; but Jesus has to tell her, “Mary do not touch me for I have not ascended to my Father yet.” After everything, Jesus was going home to his Father.
I want to speak for a moment to every Ranger out there crossing dangerous mountains and encountering the uncertainty of open seas. You are moving out but you are ultimately returning home… to the garden, where it’s just you, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, wet with rain. A place you remember in your indomitable human spirit that goes way back. Your journey through life is taking you home and if you are anything like me, you are scared to death you’re not going to make it.
I have a hidden curse I’ve been living under and if I tell it to you, maybe God will reveal something in your life that you are living under. Remember, if you want to fly away home you have to overcome the drag of this world. I have been living under the lie of “this is not going to end well for you.” Whether it’s finances, career, church organizations, friendships or raising kids, my experience is “nothing ends well for me.” Deep down I believe my destination is up to me and I’m not going to make it.
I read an interview with once with the actor, Alan Arkin, (In-laws – Argo) where he was asked now as a sage, “If you could go back, what would you say to your younger self?” Alan said, “I would tell him everything is going to be OK.”
Wow, I love that. He was so gentle with his younger self while answering a deep question we all have.
In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter says, “[Jesus] never sinned but died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.”
For one moment I want to speak to you with all the authority heaven has granted me, I want to say to every financial disaster out there, every divorce, every disease you have, every untimely death that has touched your life with profound loss, every career disaster and personal bankruptcy, every journey into the unknown, they are all leading you home. All of your suffering will simply merge you with Jesus, your Captain, who is stronger than all of the adversity. He has been given the job by His Father to bring you safely home. You are never alone in this.
So as your Captain this holiday season, I remain in the service of my King and I bid you fly away home with me.