When one thinks of an airport, a couple of words might come to mind: travel, lines, luggage, people, metal detectors, terminals, or the TSA. There are a lot of things that are incorporated into the air transportation aspect of the travel industry. A lot of times this can be hectic and stressful. Timing is everything. You might look around at the people thinking, “where have they come from?” or “where have they been?” However, I have come to realize there is bittersweet beauty at an airport that all comes down to something simple: love.
Sometimes memories at an airport can be sad. Families and friends say goodbye to the ones that mean a lot to them. They may kiss, they may hug, or they may give a casual handshake. Sometimes goodbyes come with tears. All of this is a sign of love. Goodbyes would never be hard if it were not for the existence of love. This is the beauty of it. It is hard to say goodbye to someone that holds a piece of your heart.
However, despite the goodbyes at airports, there are also the welcoming hellos. When you stand in the exit area when the passengers are finally released, it is amazing the see the beauty of those reuniting. Family, friends, and significant others await the moment to finally embrace the ones they love in their arms. They may kiss, they may hug, or they may give a casual handshake. Nevertheless, it does not matter how long they have been away. Perhaps a day or perhaps a year. It does not matter where they went. Perhaps in the state or perhaps across the world. All that matters is that they are home. But what is home?
I’m sure many people have heard, “home is where the heart is.” I definitely agree that no matter where you are, home is being with the ones you love. It may not be where you live, it may not be where you have grown up, and it may not be where you are now. Honestly, I believe the heart can have more than one home. I believe your heart can leave pieces of itself across the world. Loving others is a sign of what you have in your heart, and it may not always lie in one place.
I will conclude with this. Time is precious. Spend time with the ones you love while you have the chance. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, and you never know if that quick goodbye at the airport will be your last. It is okay to cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. It is okay to vulnerable. Remember that earth is our temporary home, and those with Christ’s love will reunite in His kingdom.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – John 4:8