Higher Thoughts

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Not long ago, I sat on a flight, trying to remember to breathe. It’s not that I’m afraid of flying. I do however have a small fear of a not-so-perfect landing. As I sat with my belt tightly buckled, wondering what good that would honestly do in an unpleasant event, the beautiful flight attendant with eye-catching lipstick announces that there will be “no drink service” or “moving about” for the entire flight. This did 3 things in my mind: 1.) I praised God for the freedom He gave me from the chains of alcoholism. 2.) The idea of crashing consumed me with fear. I began thinking about everything I hadn’t accomplished. I felt my mind spinning out of control all while I sat quietly with my Nicolas Sparks in my shaking hands. 3.) I seriously had to pee. No “moving about” the whole time I was in the air? Given, it was a 50-minute flight, but no one has to pee like someone who can’t get to a bathroom. (I’m the one contemplating the Sonic cup if I’m stuck in road construction for more than 2 minutes.) I eventually thought, “Oh well, I certainly don’t want to die in a bathroom anyway.”

I couldn’t help but question, “Is this the plan?” I had kids at home! The ones He Himself blessed me with! I finally had a terrific husband after years of ridiculous dating! I attempted to look at anything other than the shaking wing, as I was “blessed” with a seat right next to the right one. I prayed for peace. My thoughts looked a whole lot like this: “Focus on the journey. Focus on the plan. Focus on God. God, fix my eyes. Ok, I’m doing better. It’s not my time to go…but WAIT! What if it’s that guy’s time to go??” As this thought entered my brain, I saw lightening. I didn’t look out, but I had to look down at the lightening. It hit me right then, the revelation, not the lightening, that God is above the storm. And for that moment, a glorious 37 minutes (it took me a while to be thankful for the turbulence) I was too. God sees the whole picture. His thoughts are higher (I didn’t plan that.) than our thoughts. He’s above the storm! His plan, His timing is perfect. I don’t think I need to say that ours, as human beings, is not. I would rush things each and every single time until situation came crashing to the ground. (One very good reason I am not a pilot.) I though about how easy it is to say, “Trust God.” It’s also easy to think it when life isn’t too bumpy. It’s when our time here on earth gets a little turbulent that trust is one of the first things to go out the window. I pictured Jesus saying, “Oh ye of little faith.” I thanked God for His reminder that we could trust Him through every storm, whether we’re above or beneath the lightening. Allow me to encourage you today to trust God, His timing, His plan, and His true perfection for your life today. He does not make mistakes. He guides you through, even situations you think aren’t part of the plan, and He answers every single prayer you pray.

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