“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” – The Apostle Peter – Acts 11:15-17
Undergird: “to form the basis or foundation of : strengthen, support” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Last call, boarding all rows, flight 258, service to…”
The woman’s voice was kind and gentle, the message was simple and sincere. If you don’t get on the plane now… Well, you’re not.
What was a bustling crowd of people is now an empty terminal. The plasticky snap of overhead bins closing. “Excuse me, I’m next to the window.” “Ladies and gentlemen, if I could have your attention.” The sounds of air travel constant and familiar. So is the experience. Turn off all electronic devices. Tray tables up. Seat backs in their full upright position. Seat belts securely fastened. The destinations weather and estimated time of arrival. The gentle push from the thrust of the engines. The metallic machine sounds of the landing gear lifting, their doors closing. Faith and hope in the safety of flight. Now, hopefully sleep.
In a few hours you’ll be somewhere new. Somewhere a long way away. The possibilities, the newness, the smells and the air; they’re the hallmark of travel. At home you have a mug for everywhere you’ve visited and you’ll get one here too. But that’s not the reason you’ve come. Who knows the reason. Fun, money, friends, family… Escape? But for now…
“What would you like to drink?”
It’s amazing what can be going on at 500 miles per hour, 40,000 feet off the ground. We take it for granted. Any little bump is a disruption. We’re uncomfortable. But sometimes we’re amazed. Amazed at where we’re at. Amazed that we can be watching live television. Amazed that the internet on our phone is working just like we’re on the ground. We forget how close to tragedy we actually are.
Where I live, safety is the norm. It’s rare anything scares us real bad. It’s rare that our lives come into danger, unless we’ve done something to put them there. We don’t think about the dangers that exist in this world very often. Why should we? We hardly ever encounter them. But some do. People have been at war somewhere constantly for as long as history can be recounted. Someone is fighting and dying right now. Every once in a while we’re confronted with what life can bring and what it can take away. We’re reminded of the dangers and our blessings. But we do our best to stay away from the dangers. At least not to think about them. The little girls trafficked for sex everyday just a few miles away. The abused wife a couple doors down. The life of widows and orphans around the world. Becoming aware of them is often met with denial, anger, maybe sadness. If you’re reading this, you’re blessed. I’m blessed I get to write it. I’m blessed I have access to a platform to publish it.
The sound of metal breaks the silence.
Is the peace over? What was once so good, is it now a nightmare?
The flaps are coming down. The gear doors open and the wheels lock into their proper place. In a few minutes destination will await. Many thank Jesus for another safe flight.
Flying isn’t so easy for everyone. For some, every sound, every movement, every unknown, is the beginning of disaster. They’ve been waiting for this moment with heart racing for the entire flight. Others think it impossible for anything bad to happen. It never enters their mind. Some don’t care. And some may actually hope for the worst. To put an end to a life of hopeless misery. Every walk of life steps onto an airplane. The hopes, the futures, the entitlements. Everything. It’s a speeding tube of life in the sky. Somehow, not much different than being on the ground. Dangers, history, technology; they all are on the ground too. It’s allegorical of a life that demands the question; “What is your destination?”
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,