“It will be bumpy on the way up, but eventually you will come to a comfortable altitude.”~Iyhia McMichael
Over the past couple of months, I have traveled many miles by air. I was excited to get to my final destination, but in order to get there I had to endure the journey. Although flying is said to be the safest way of travel, there are still moments of turbulence and occasional air pockets that present areas of doubt. Whether I was on an American Eagle jet or a Boeing 777 the beginning of the flight was always rough;it is a time when the pilot requires that all passengers buckle their seat belt. When the doors are sealed shut on the plane, it solidifies my complete surrender to God’s plan. The initial takeoff is filled with rough winds and bumps, but eventually the plane comes to a comfortable altitude. Our lives are comparable to the take off of a plane in the beginning. In the initial stages of our “storm” the beginning is always rough and bumpy. We have to continuously “fasten our seat belts” because we are unsure of the unexpected bumps in the road. But just like the pilot of a plane, God, who is our pilot, will lead us to a comfortable altitude, where our lives will get to a point where we can “unfasten our seat belts.”
“My thoughts are completely different from yours, “says the Lord,” And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
God is constantly challenging us to surrender our thoughts, plans, and desires unto him. I’m not suggesting that we disregard our minds and our own ambitions, but we are called to surrender those thoughts unto the Lord. That does not mean that we will forego the unexpected “turbulences” in our lives, but what it has taught me is that I would much rather go through the obstacles on God’s path instead of the obstacles on my own selfish path. Flying for me, more than anything else is a complete reminder to me that I have to surrender my control in every aspect of my life. I learn when those doors close that there is absolutely nothing that I can do but to sit back, surrender, and trust that God has everything under control. Its in those moments of complete surrender that God works best in our lives.
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Great insight, my friend.