No Reason to be Alarmed

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Last week our son, Pie, emailed to let me know Army Black Hawk helicopters with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas would land on Johnson Space Center property in about an hour.

The communique Pie received and forwarded stated, “There’s no need to be alarmed…”

Pilot, Pie, and I, along with countless others, stood in the 90 degree shadeless afternoon heat, stared into the sky, and awaited the helicopters arrival.

What a thrill it was to see those birds when they appeared on the horizon. Pilot spotted them first, but soon after he pointed them out others turned their cameras to the north.

The Black Hawks flew in perfect formation and landed with precision. As the crew secured the helicopters to the ground, we spectators waited for the signal to approach the three closest helicopters.

While wandering around, I noticed one of the helicopter pilots taking a picture of a JSC building behind me.

I offered to take a picture of him with the Saturn V building in the background and we struck up a very nice conversation. As we stood there talking, Pilot and Pie joined us.

After 30 minutes or so, the crowds dispersed, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade personnel  loaded a bus for a tour of the Johnson Space Center facility and Pilot, Pie and I headed our different directions.

Staring into the sky and waiting for the Black Hawks to land got me thinking about a future event.

An event that will have people’s eyes fixed on the sky.

The day the One True King, Jesus Christ, returns to earth.

On that day the book of Matthew tells us people will be going about their everyday business. No one except God knows the hour of Christ’s return. But when Jesus does return, every eye will see him. A trumpet blast will announce his arrival.

We won’t need anyone to point him out. And there definitely will be no reason to be alarmed if we belong to Jesus and claim him as our Lord and Savior.

We shall behold Him one day. And at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

For He is LORD and is coming from the clouds to take us home.

Our time talking with Jesus won’t end after 30 minutes, or even an hour. We’ll have all eternity to talk and tour heaven.

Won’t that be grand?

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 “And then at last the signal of my coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning all around the earth. And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And I shall send forth my angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they shall gather my chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.” Matthew 24:30-31 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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VIP Tour

I have been fortunate to have VIP tours of Johnson Space Center. On these tours I’ve seen the Space Station Control Room, Shuttle Control Room and the Historic Apollo Control Room.

I’ve been inside the Space Station Modules which are used to train astronauts. I’ve been inside the Space Shuttle trainer. I’ve gotten up close to the Robotic Arm trainers and the Lunar Rovers.

I’ve meet Pilot for lunch on site and attended various space events where I had the opportunity to speak with astronauts, flight directors, and mission control specialists.

 

It’s like having a backstage pass!

One way cool day Pilot and I explored the inside of the Space Shuttle trainer. Just like real astronauts when the shuttle still flew.

The most I’ll-never-get-to-do-this-again moment? Besides sitting in the Commander’s seat? Sitting in the um, how should I put this? Necessary room.

It’s much more complicated than it looks!

 

So how did I get access to all these great off-limits places?

Was it because of who I am? No.

Because I sneaked in? No.

Because I’m so irresistible? Hardly.

I was able to experience all this fantastic space stuff because of who I know. Pilot.

Same holds true with each of us who know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Dude, we know the King! God’s one and only son!

Talk about a backstage pass …

Because of that relationship we’re allowed access to all the REALLY cool space stuff. On that day Jesus will take us by the hand and lead us on our very own VIP tour of Heaven.

Just think of it.

We’ll stand before the throne of God. Walk on streets of gold. Have our own mansion with our name on it right down the street from where God lives. We will have eternity to praise and worship our Redeemer. The lion will lay down with the lamb. There will be no more night. No more pain. No more tears. We won’t need to lock any doors.

We’ll be able to ask all those questions we’ve wanted to ask the saints who went before us. But I’m thinking that when we’re in Heaven those questions won’t be all that important to us anymore. Who knows?

Going on a VIP tour with Jesus tops sitting in the Shuttle trainer any day. Amen?

 

In celebration of Pie’s birthday I have included the recipe for his annual celebratory dinner. Sweet and Sour Meatloaf. If you make it let me know what you think. It’s gluten-free, so no worries.

 

Every year for I don’t know how long I have made this Sweet and Sour Meatloaf for Pie’s birthday dinner. Since being diagnosed as gluten-intolerant I adapted the recipe and removed the gluten.

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 C crushed gluten-free saltine-type crackers (I use Schar table crackers, or if you can’t find any g-f crackers, crush up either Corn or Rice Chex. They work just as well.)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten

Combine all ingredients, shape into loaf, and place in greased baking dish.

Sauce:

  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 C lemon juice
  • 1 C sugar

Mix well and pour over meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Baste frequently.

Enjoy!

Are there any special foods you have for your birthday celebrations?

This song’s for Pie. Happy Birthday!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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