It took a while but once we understood the system, it was OK…
One of my responsibilities this week saw me having to sign 17 visitors (mostly from different countries) into a secure facility. Security knew we were coming but everyone still had to prove who they were with a photo ID and if they were over 16 and not residents of Australia, they had to show their passports – Their details were then recorded and they were given a temporary ID badge and finally they were allowed to enter.
As you can imagine this took quite a bit of time as everyone was checked, scrutinized, badged and let through the gate.
Within the group we had people from England, Greece, New Zealand, Australia and one from the United Arab Emirates. Each passport was slightly different but they all had the same type of information – a photo ID, their name, date of birth, country of issue and the country they were born in. Their passports also bore stamps of all the countries they had previously visited and all of these pieces of information work together to provide security with the information they needed to decide whether to let them ‘in’ or not.
If you had a choice of any country in the world to live, where would it be? Africa, Europe, Asia or the Americas? Iceland, Mauritius, the Pacific or would Australia top your list?
Thousands of years ago God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s country and “go to a country I will show you” Gen 12:1
Abraham followed the command and an amazing journey began which continues to influence the world even now.
I love Australia and have had the opportunity to compare it with dozens of other nations but I still sometimes get the feeling that I don’t belong here or that I was destined for something more…
Do you ever have that feeling?
Maybe something within you is reaching for a country that is beyond this world…as yet uncharted by you, waiting to be discovered? “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God…God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” Psalms 46:4–5
When you look at your passport…
Where are you from? Where have you been? And where are you headed?