Yesterday I took a flight to the beautiful west coast of Florida. It snowed in the Northeast and I was grateful to be heading to a forecast of 85 and sunny for four days!
I have no fear of flying and enjoy any flight under 4 hours long. The part of flying I hate is going through security. Don’t get me wrong, I truly appreciate the men and women who do their jobs to protect us from the threat of terrorism. Not to mention they endure tired, cranky people often throughout their shift each day. what I don’t appreciate is being selected to go through the X ray body scanner which, as murphy’s law would have it, was me yesterday. I groaned under my breath as I watched them rope of the “old school scanner” and wave me to go into the scanner that reminds me of the star trek teleporting machine. As a girl who loves to take the natural route with everything, including vitamins, I shudder at the thought of the radiation I was exposed to. More annoying than that is the fact that the scanners are designed to see beneath your clothing. Of course this is for our safety and it would be virtually impossible to conceal a weapon inside one of these scanners. As I stood in that machine yesterday with my arms over my head feeling like a criminal, I stayed focused on its role in protecting the passengers on that flight.
As I was cleared through security and headed up the escalator I was reminded that the scanning equipment is much like the way the Lord uses his word and the counseling of the Holy Spirit to pierce through our exterior and x-ray the heart and the mind to keep us safe from our thoughts and our motives when they are not pure.
Psalm. 139: 1-5
Oh Lord you have examined my heart. You know everything about me. you know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I am far away. you see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. you know what I say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Psalms 139:23- 24
Search me O God, and know my heart. test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
God’s Word, our conscience, and the counseling from the Holy Spirit expose our concealed weapons that we use against ourselves and others. Allow Him to put you through the scanner today, so you can be cleared for takeoff.