For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14 NIV
The two pilots strained their eyes to see out of the cockpit window. Rain streamed across the glass so when the lightning struck through the utter darkness of the night, it was even more difficult to imagine where the hills or valleys lay. The navigational beacons in this part of Africa no longer worked. The roadmap the pilots had used to detect their location was of no use now that the light of day had gone. The fierce thunderstorm that had forced them to these dangerously low altitudes had also made them lose the heading that they knew would take them to the airfield. How on earth were they going to find the city from wherever they were? Are we in search of a place as if our lives depend on it?
The two unfortunate pilots that night finally spoke with commercial pilots on the radio who were traveling over the city they were looking for. They reassured them that the runway lights were on and that the sky there was clear. God kept the engines running long after the fuel tanks were empty and they landed safely. Our journey through this life may seem hopeless at times. We may doubt that we will ever find our Way to the place where we will be safe forever. If our chosen destination is the open arms of our Heavenly Father, then our journey does not need to end in despair. Jesus will be our Light. He will be our Beacon and our Guide. He will be the comforting voice that will make our searching end in the joyful discovery of the City that is to come!
As our eyes search the bleak horizons for hope, let us fix our gaze on You! Strengthen our search for the City of God and lead us surely into Your counsel and care, we pray!