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Fake Flight

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated air travel. Flights are cancelled. Planes are grounded. Borders are closed. People are left to consider staycation.

For those who miss the thrill of flying, an airport in Taiwan is offering, “fake flight.”

Passengers can go through the entire check-in process of passport control and security. They can even board a plane. They are welcomed by smiling airline stewardess. They are served snacks and drinks onboard.

But the plane never takes off. It never leaves the airport. It’s just a “pretend to go abroad.” It’s a “fake flight” experience. Any takers?

You might be surprised to know there are 7000 eager travellers on such flights that go nowhere...

Are you one of those who would take a flight to nowhere?

If truth were known, many of us take flights that go nowhere.

We take the flight of worries that go nowhere.

We routinely go through the gamut of wondering what if that happens or what if that doesn’t happen. We worry about the past that we can no longer change. We worry about the present that we think we cannot cope. We worry about the future that we cannot foresee.

Erma Bombeck rightly pointed out: “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”

Jesus said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

(Matthew 6:27)

Don’t take that fake flight.

Still others take the flight of busyness that lead to nowhere.

We find ourselves spinning in the wheels of activities that get us nowhere. We are busy all the time but not accomplishing anything. We go to the frustrating cycle of meetings that don’t achieve any goals.

Then there are many who take the flight of fantasy that brings us nowhere.

We spend hours bingeing on dramas in Netflix. We live in the fantasy world of characters and plots in long running drama series episode after episode. Needless to say, such voluminous time spent in front of the screen does not accomplish anything productive.

Do we really need that much time to unwind in front of the TV? We need to evaluate and avoid such fake flights.

May the Lord strengthen our resolve to turn away from these fake flights and many more.

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