The long-anticipated departure date was finally here. We had packed our travel trailer, hitched it to our tow vehicle, and by late morning we were finally on the road. Our destination? Ultimately we were headed to California for my mother-in-law’s burial service; a trip of about 8000 km from our home in Eastern Canada. It would have been shorter had we been able to travel through the United States; but due to the COVID precautions of the day, it would be necessary for us to make the long drive through Canada. We decided to stop on the way to spend a couple weeks with our younger son in Alberta, something my wife and I were looking forward to. Despite our roundabout route, however, we would eventually be required to cross into the the US, and therefore, passports were required.
We were about 50 km from home when we began reviewing the above our itinerary in our minds, and that was when the realization come to us: Our passports were still in the nightstand table in our bedroom back home! Oh dear!
We only had 400 km to cover that day; nonetheless, with our late start, going back home for the passports would take another 90 minutes of our time, while calling back home to our son and asking him to bring them to us would only cost us half that time. We hated to bother him, as the whole trip would cost him 90 minutes of his day; nonetheless, we made the call and he was soon on the road. Meanwhile, my wife found an empty parking lot off of a highway exit, and we sat and waited for him to arrive with the missing documents.
In retrospect, we realize that what we asked of him was a pretty big inconvenience to him; but he never complained. Not even once. In fact, he stated over and over again that he was happy to help us out. We decided then and there that we had a very special son! Not everyone’s son would drop what they were doing for a 90-minute road trip that was only necessary because of their parents’ negligence!
This reminds me so much of another Son who was willing to help out His father. 2000 years ago, God’s Son came to the rescue of all mankind. Unlike our son, He would lose far more than 90 minutes of His day. He would be required to leave His home, to go to a place where He would be mocked and ridiculed, where no one would believe that He was His Father’s Son; and in the end, He would be killed. All to rectify something that was only necessary to rectify because of our own negligence, our own sin!
While our passports would allow us passage into the United States, what this Son gave would allow us passage into somewhere far more important: Heaven itself: “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges,he took the humble position of a slave, and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Phil 2:6-8 NLT).
I am sure that there are many sons who would do what our son did for us. I wonder, however, if there are any sons out there who would willingly lay down their lives so that others who had rebelled and turned away could be saved…
Yes, our son came to our rescue that day, and we were so appreciative. We thanked him profusely and even gave him money for gas. There is, however, only one thing we can do that will show God’s Son, Jesus, how much we appreciate His gift: We can accept that gift! We can give our hearts to Him, we can enter into a relationship with Him, we can learn to trust Him and to obey.
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If you have already given your heart to Christ, why not spend some time with Him today, telling Him how much you appreciate His gift to you? Talk to Him, listen to His voice, learn to trust Him with your everything.
For in doing either one of these things, you are repaying Jesus for His rescue operation in the only way you can!
In His love,
Director, Answers2Prayer Ministries