Airports can be very emotional places. Much of the travelling that I have done in my life and the distance between my family and me, I have a love- hate relationship with airports. I love going on the “arriving” trips to the airport and the joy that these times bring. I’m not too much of a fan of the “departing” times when a loved one has to leave.
This past week, Tracie and I were dropping my father and his wife at the airport and for about 10 minutes I was waiting in the car as they went through the check in process. Then we would jump in the car and grab a bite to eat, before they returned to board their plane. As I was waiting I observed two very different scenarios with two very different outcomes.
One was of a family heading back to the UK. Obviously I don’t know the full story, but as the car pulled up, the son (probably in his 30’s) jumped out of the passenger seat, the Dad jumped out of the back of the car and then slowly, assisted by her son and husband, a lady slowly and cumbersomely climbed out of the front seat. This lady had cancer, I could tell by the scarf on her head and she was responding to the chemo. I could only imagine the pain. Here is a picture of a son sending his parents back to the UK, while his mum was in the midst of a battle with cancer. I speculated that there were so many questions that could be asked. What needed to happen next? Would this be the last time he saw her? As I tried to predict what the full story was, I couldn’t imagine a situation that wasn’t without great emotional turmoil and pain. The son hugged his mum with a lingering hug, got in his car and drove away.
Next up was a taxi cab. A couple got out (very obviously British because of their bright pink tan and socks
As I compared these two stories I was reminded about the importance of self-control. Here was a son who was exercising great self-control to conclude a difficult time with great respect, and here was a tourist who was ending her vacation in the US without too much self-control at all. Scripture is pretty clear that self-control is so important if we want to live life faithfully. The writer of Proverbs reminds us that self-control is one of the things that holds society together (Proverbs 25:28). Both scripture and life talk about the prize and price that come with ability or inability to be self-controlled.
How’s your self-control? Is it able to hold things together when things are rough or does it fall away at things that are incredibly trivial? Be self-controlled.