Good morning. It is Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
I travel very close to a small airport on my way to town.
Yesterday morning, the fog deck was just right, and I could see the beacon shining on the fog as it rotated around.
I began to wonder how many lives were saved as planes came into land, perhaps in the fog, or late at night. How many crashes avoided because of that beacon of hope?
I read of a small airport in New Hampshire that was resistant to having a beacon installed. They had long relied on a lighted runway and that was enough for the townspeople. They said a beacon would cause too much “light pollution” which in turn would obscure their stargazing, some said there were not enough night landings to warrant it, others complained that it would be an unnecessary obstruction.
It makes me wonder, how many of those people would change their mind if they were 4,000 feet up and desperately needing to find an air strip.
Pilots will tell you, even with GPS, the beacon is usually the first thing they see when near an airport.
One pilot wrote “I remember the first real solo night flight I took. I recall spotting the beacon from 50 miles out, I was really surprised. I remember thinking “man, if my VOR dies and I lose the Garmin 430 and my tablet gives out my phone battery dies, I always have that beacon to bring me home”.
There are also distress beacons for personal use. If you are into 4WD and love getting outdoors and into remote areas, a distress beacon could help others find you when all other measures fail. There are beacons for boaters and beacons for on-board aircraft. There are even beacons in the desert to help people who are lost and otherwise dying of heat and dehydration.
In its most basic form, a distress beacon is a device that helps search teams locate people who are in distress.
Jesus is that beacon of hope for all of humanity.
Jesus said “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
King David wrote, or perhaps Ezra, it is not known who authored the longest chapter in the Bible, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV
Jesus is that guiding beacon that lights our path, if we allow Him to light our path, we will not stumble in this very dark world.
John wrote, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” 1:4 ESV
But, just like those townspeople in New Hampshire, not everyone loves the beacon that offers safety. Not everyone loves the light.
John 3:19-20 ESV “…the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”
Jesus is the light. If we seek Him, if we follow Him, He will save us.
“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” Psalm 43:3 ESV