A Dutch man was hospitalized in July after waiting in a Chinese airport for a woman who never arrived to meet him.
Alexander Cirk, age 41, met a Chinese woman through an online dating site. After two months of conversations, Cirk flew to Hunan, China to meet the woman he expected to marry. During his 10 days waiting in the airport for her, Cirk slept, ate and drank little until he was taken to the hospital and treated for exhaustion.
The Chinese woman thought Cirk’s message of his visit was a joke. While he sat in the airport waiting for her, she underwent plastic surgery.
Christians have the amazing promise from Jesus that He is coming again to receive His people unto Himself. I go to prepare a place for you … I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2, 3).
While we wait for Him to fulfill His promise, we do not simply sit and wait like Mr Cirk in the airport; we busy ourselves in Christ’s work, preaching the gospel that Jesus died to reconcile sinners to the Father, living each day in His worshipful service.
We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).