It was whilst on a visit to Harby in Leicestershire that we saw people skydiving at Langar airfield. It must take considerable nerve to jump out of the plane and plummet to earth at speed, before pulling the cord to release a parachute and glide down to a landing site. Not only does it take nerve, but it also takes skill. You have to decide when to pull the cord and then you have to use the canopy to select the spot where you wish to land, avoiding potential dangers on the ground. For some, the adrenalin rush is the thing!
How important, though, to make the right decisions as you plummet down at high speed. Get it wrong and you could be hurt. Get it very wrong and you could be killed. It is not a sport for the faint-hearted!
How sad that some people treat life a little like skydiving. Little realizing that life is flashing past at speed and eternity is rushing towards them, they charge on. The adrenalin of life seems to be pumping – we must enjoy every last minute and take in every last pleasure.
The Bible sends out an important reminder. ‘It is appointed unto men once to die’. If we are relatively young and fit and healthy, we tend not to think about it. Death is for old folk! I’ll think about God and eternity when I’m old. I’m too busy now! Qualifications, career, partner, family, and so many other things crowd into our lives, and we relegate the most important decision we will ever make to the back of our minds. The Bible says, ‘prepare to meet thy God’. Have you?
Dismissing God as a religious myth will not change the fact that we have to meet Him one day. The Bible says that God ‘hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness’. To avoid God’s judgement for all the wrong things we have done, we need a saviour – someone to forgive and cleanse us. That person is Jesus Christ. Again, the Bible assures us that ‘if we confess our sins . . . [God] is faithful . . . to forgive us . . . and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’. That is a Saviour worth having and a promise worth grasping! Have you? Don’t leave it too late!