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Weekly Devotionals

Waiting In The Wrong Fastpass Line

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

I’d like to share a brief story about something that happened to me at the Salt Lake City Airport last summer. I was in Utah visiting my brother David, and after my time there, I was planning to fly out to Portland, Oregon, where many of my friends still live. I had heard that domestic flights in the US could have really long lines lately due to strict TSA security checks, so I made sure to get there at least a couple of hours in advance of my flight to ensure I had sufficient time.

After I checked in my luggage, I looked around to see where I had to stand in line to pass through security check and get to the terminal gates, and that’s when I noticed the long line of people standing and waiting impatiently. Without thinking too hard about it, I just figured that was the line I was supposed to be in, and so I got to the back of the line, popped in my airbuds and started listening to music.

While I was standing there, I noticed a couple of airport employees saying something about a FastPass line. Because I had my airbuds on I couldn’t tell exactly what they were saying, but I just assumed that since I had no idea what FastPass was that it didn’t apply to me, so I paid no mind and just stayed in the same long line I was in. I was in no particular hurry.

However, somewhere down the line, we got to a spot where they started checking IDs, and when it was my turn I showed them my Korean passport.

And then the airport employee asked me, “Sir, are you a FastPass customer?”

I replied, “No,” and that’s when they told me I was standing in the wrong line.

If I had paid more attention earlier, I would have realized that the line I was standing in was actually the FastPass line, but those who didn’t have FastPass had to go to another line. The thing is, though, apparently, everyone who knew anything about traveling in Salt Lake City was already so worried about long lines that there were actually more people in the FastPass line than those who were not. And so, with that, the employee told me to get out of line and directed me down another line, which actually turned out to be a shorter one, and so thankfully I made it through TSA without much hassle at all. Go figure!

I hope you can see the irony and the humor in all of this. I’m sure that on most days there is probably an advantage to using the FastPass service, but on this day, because everyone was doing whatever they needed to get through faster, it actually made the FastPass system slower than the regular line.

In life, we’re constantly looking for the FastPass to get ahead of everyone else. We want the right college education, the right job, the right salary, the right house, the right spouse, the right kids, etc. We are often mistaken that these things are the FastPass to a happy and successful life. And so, we work very hard to go down this path that everyone tells us we’re supposed to, and the expectation is that we will receive a great reward at the end of the path.

However, in John 14:6, Jesus teaches His disciples, “I am the way the truth and the life.”

You see, ultimately happiness, success, and a good life are not found through the FastPass of life. If you find yourself chasing after these things, perhaps you will one day find that you have been standing in the wrong line the whole time. But, true happiness, joy, success, and life can only be found in the presence of God the Father, and there is only one path, and that is Jesus.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to study hard or work hard. I’m not saying that money is not important either. What I am saying, though, is that the true path to life and happiness is found only through the path of Jesus.

Before you’ve started any of your daily work today, have you spent time with Jesus? Have you spent it in His word, and in prayer? It’s the start of a new year, and if you haven’t had a chance to be in God’s word for a while, now is a good opportunity to get started again.

Don’t get stuck in the wrong line, but follow the path of Christ, and that will lead you to true life in Him.


P. Joe