I’m not a big fan of traveling. People are disgusting and airplanes are like big, airborne petri dishes carrying their bacteria and viruses thousands of miles in mere hours. Still, sometimes we must travel and while we’re busy not thinking about the nastiness that’s surrounding us and threatening to take residence in or on us, there are other things at which we can truly marvel.
I realized this during the last 45 minutes or so of a 4-hour, red eye flight this week. Realizing I was not going to “sleep” until I arrived home, I turned on the flight tracker on my television screen and watched as we inched closer to our destination.
Only it wasn’t inches we were moving, it was miles. Lots of miles, very quickly. Did you realize that airplanes can travel at speeds of more than 500 mph? It makes sense when we think about it, of course, but as you’re relaxing in your seat at 39,000 feet, have you ever considered that you’re hurdling through space at such an intense speed? What minds our God gave to the men and women who have invented the modern passenger planes!
Further, have you ever considered the atmosphere through which you are flying? At one point during my travels, it indicated that the outside air temperature was -64°F. Think about that. Let that sink in. Then realize that the God who created that atmosphere is the same God who created you and me and who knows our innermost thoughts and desires that we be in a saving relationship with Him.
Realizations like this caused me to look out that grimy airplane window at the smattering of lights and life below and simply praise Him. Praise that I was safe in that giant well-plate of germs. Praise that He bothered to choose me. Praise that He was kind, loving, and gracious enough to send His Son to save me. Praise.
Well, with our feet now firmly planted on the ground, let’s take a few moments to enjoy our week in review (kind of):
- It’s a good question.
- Thoughts on Mr. Rogers.
- I like Christopher Ash and am considering getting this advent devotional.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- I take it back, here is your weekly dose of adorable. Or just an extra dose, however you prefer to think about it.
- If you aren’t open to correction, you aren’t an effective leader in any realm.
- Do you know Phyllis Wheatley?
Nothing could be more irrational than the idea that something comes from nothing.R.C. Sproul