Posted by elainemcooper on July 13, 2012
This devotional ran one year ago this month. If you’re on the road or in the air, Happy Traveling!
Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper
I recently flew to the West Coast and, to my utter relief, was upgraded to First Class. While the luxury of wider seats, free meals, hot tea at my beck and call, and room to set up my laptop is enticing, I would never pay the extra cost on my own. But knowing that my elbows would not be digging into my side while writing a blog or chapter, I was feeling the joy of the seat promotion.
As I was called up to be one of the very first to board the aircraft, however, a pang of guilt crept into my thoughts, not to mention, a tinge of embarrassment.
These people probably think I paid for this luxury. Me, the ultimate sale shopper!
No one would realize that I had earned this upgrade because of all the miles I have accrued going to the west coast to help with triplet grandbabies. The airline has me in some sort of “Medallion” status, which I suppose is to make me feel like an Olympian of sorts. I am an Olympic traveler, that’s for sure, with more frequent flyer miles than many business travelers. But I didn’t pay for this luxury of First Class. A little red-faced, I hurried through the open walkway, one of the first to board.
But walking toward that ramp leading to the jetliner, it suddenly occurred to me: My passage into First Class was not unlike the free gift of salvation. I didn’t pay for it. Jesus did by dying on that cross. I didn’t have to pay for the upgrade to heaven—a far better location than a First Class cabin I might add! HE paid the ultimate price that will one day open the ramp for my soul to fly into heaven, surrounded by His love and grace. It will be the final—and most treasured—flight of all.
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