It begins to shake, bounce, and dip and your body begins to respond. Sweaty palms, increased heart rate, and then the loud ding of the seatbelt sign. If you weren’t already awake, you are now.
Turbulence on an airplane isn’t necessarily dangerous but it sure can scare you. Your subconscious forgets you’re in the air. With the windows closed, you could swear you’re in a car. Your defenses are down. Maybe it’s that we have seen too many movies of planes falling out of the sky or watched as the news reports on fatal crashes but, suddenly, a little bump can send your mind into the fast and furious downward spiral of fear and panic.
I have a dear friend who is horribly afraid of flying. We’ve got to travel together a handful of times, and the ritual was always the same. In order to make it through a flight she needs a certain pill, a drink, her favorite Gilda Radner biography, and a bookmark I made for her….along with a steady hand to hold (often her husband on one side, me on the other).
The bookmark I gave her was a picture I found of a little boy running with a toy airplane in his hand. Holding the plane way above his head, as he runs it’s clear that he is having a great time “flying” his plane. Looking at the picture you know the plane is in good hands. The little boy is in control and the plane is under the control of a joyful and imaginative owner who has nothing but goodness for his little plane.
I explained to my friend that I have always pictured a flight like that but the little boy is God and the toy plane is my airplane. I picture the Lord walking over the earth, up mountains, into lakes, across the fields, and through forests holding my airplane like that little boy. I’m safe. I’m secure in the grasp of my loving Father who is having a blast soaring his daughter to a new destination.
Turbulence is real, but the cause and potential outcomes are not always what we think. We tend to jump to conclusions because we don’t know the real story. We often think the shake, dip, or sudden elevation change means doom and gloom. We see our lives flash before our eyes, palms wet, and hearts racing. But in reality it is just a change in the air, they call it Clean Air Turbulence, where fast-moving air meets slow-moving air. It is not dangerous, in fact, the flight crew expects it.
How often do we see our lives like this?! The bump, dip, or sudden drop can often look and feel, to us, like the end of the world. Doom and gloom are so quick to find their place in our minds. This is because we don’t know the full story! The way these things look to us in the natural world, look SO different in the supernatural. We only see in part. But what if you could see what God sees? Well, you can! Sort of.
First, you can see things from His perspective based on what He says is true. If He says He is good…He is good! If He says He will never leave us, then He won’t! If He says that there is a war being fought on your behalf, then you can trust that this war is raging!
Second, you can ask Him to show you what your circumstance looks like from His perspective. He is so faithful and will reveal the truth to you. This can happen by asking the Lord to open your eyes to how He sees someone who you may perceive as your attacker or enemy. Seeing someone with God-goggles is very powerful. Or, my favorite, ask Jesus to reveal to you where he was during a particular situation that was painful, and suddenly that moment can look very different!
When we understand that there is more to our circumstances than we see with our naked eye, we can have peace and enjoy the ride! The next time your life feels like an airplane in the middle of a turbulent spell, imagine the Lord jumping in puddles, skipping over fields, and jumping from mountain to mountain, and know He’s got you!
Flying High on Joy,
Season is daughter of the Most High King. After spending over 30 years performing on stage (from the time she could walk) the Lord called her into full-time ministry. That led Season to pursue her Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in San Diego and to join christianmingle.com in 2011. One led her to graduate with her M.Div in May of 2016 and the other led her to her husband Kris and 3 daughters (Aubrey 14, Alana 13, and Aireana 11).
Passionate about freedom and healing, releasing the glory of God, and telling the best story well – through preaching and teaching, Season has big dreams and prays even bigger. She and her husband LOVE to travel and are always ready with a YES to whatever and wherever the Holy Spirit leads. While full of life and supernatural joy, Season is also almost always full of iced tea.
See her posts here: Season Bowers