Eleven-year old Miguel Calehr wasÂ preparing for another long trip toÂ Bali, Indonesia to see his grandmother.Â In spite of the fun and beaches that BaliÂ offered, Miguel was not happy. HisÂ mother couldnâ€™t understand. AccordingÂ to a CNN report, Miguel kept asking hisÂ mother what would happen if the planeÂ crashed, what would happen to his soulÂ if he died, and what should he say to GodÂ if he saw Him? His mother, unfamiliarÂ with such questions, assured him everythingÂ would be fine. The night beforeÂ his flight left, Miguel would not leaveÂ his mother. On the morning of July 17,Â 2014 at Amsterdamâ€™s Schiphol airportÂ as he stood with his older brother in theÂ passport control line, Miguel ran backÂ to embrace his mother, and said â€œIâ€™llÂ miss you!â€
In the departure lounge, when MiguelÂ and his older brother heard the boardingÂ announcement they joined the otherÂ 281 passengers and crew on Flight MHÂ 17. The passengers relaxed as the planeÂ rose to flight altitude. Suddenly aboutÂ two hours into the flight, as they crossedÂ eastern Ukraine, the plane exploded inÂ a large fireball! Gravity pulled luggage,Â personal effects, airplane parts and allÂ 298 bodies of the passengers and crewÂ to the farm fields below. Everyone onÂ board the plane died.
Miguel had sensed his need andÂ wanted to prepare to meet God. HowÂ sad if no one told him how to prepare.Â The world is filled with people who doÂ not care about being prepared or try toÂ assure themselves that everything willÂ be all right. Miguelâ€™s short life remindsÂ us that our futures are not secure â€“ weÂ could suddenly meet God face to faceÂ today! It may not be through the crashÂ of a plane but we donâ€™t know when ourÂ time on earth will end. Are we preparedÂ to meet Him? The Bible says,Â â€œIt is appointed for men to die once, butÂ after this the judgmentâ€ (Hebrews 9:27).Â However, God has provided a way ofÂ salvation through the Lord Jesus ChristÂ who said, â€œI am the way, the truth, andÂ the life. No one comes to the Father exceptÂ through Meâ€ (John 14:6). When youÂ meet God, will you be welcomed byÂ a loving Father or judged because youÂ have neglected the great salvation HeÂ has provided? The Bible says, â€œBehold,Â now is the accepted time; behold, now isÂ the day of salvationâ€ (2 Corinthians 6:2).
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