(Photo by Zelda Dominguez)
Diary of a Wimpy Traveler
By Zelda Dominguez
(The Diary: September 12th Part 1)
I don’t like turbulence, but as I’m on my flight to my vacation destination I’m feeling slightly excited. My mind is filled with random thoughts. For instance: Don’t forget to pray. What’s the flight going to be like? Oh, pray for the weather. Pray for the pilots who I saw as we boarded. Pray for the plane.
I always touch the plane from the outside as I enter, as if this ritual will keep it from danger. I get to my seat and continue to pray, please don’t let the plane take off if there are any mechanical problems. Then my thoughts jet back, I hope no one is sick by me. They continue, Oh, I noticed that guy is coughing, that’s how viruses spread (as I remember the movie Contagion, Lol). I hope I don’t get nauseated, even if I’ve never gotten sick on a plane, but with so much talk from Rick how he should of gotten some Dramamine, I’m thinking about it. Did I forget anything? Relief. I remembered my neck pillow! Why did we have to arrive three hours before our flight? I’m so tired, I’ll sleep all the way. We get to our seats, and it’s kind of tight. Where are my headphones? I put my seat belt on and listen to the safety instructions as begin to lift off.
(The Diary: September 12th Part 2)
I like to look out of the window at takeoff. The skyscrapers, cars, trees, houses seem to shrink and resemble pieces of a Monopoly game the more we ascend. The huge mountainside or lake gradually appears so small. The people driving on the freeways look like busy ants. I passed through layers of billowy clouds till the sky was a pristine blue as we cruised at 38,000 feet. I become conscious, if this plane is going down there is nothing I can do! It is out of my control. How does this big heavy plane keep up in the air? If I am way above the clouds, how much higher must heaven be?
My eyes filled with tears as I am reminded how big God is! He holds the plane up; He created the mountains, ocean, earth and everything in it. The Lord owns the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1, New Living Translation). God wants me to acknowledge that He is in control and to come to understand how futile my little rituals are. These rituals wouldn’t change things. When I fly or am in various situations, it feels so out of control. I feel secure with my feet on the ground. Then I think but how sad it is that just because I have my feet on the ground, I can sometimes still think I am in control. Looking out the window I think about the fact that everything is so small, how must God look at us? We are just a small little ant, saying, “I call the shots! I do what I want to do.” Suddenly I feel so silly. I feel like God is saying, Remember I’m in control ALL the time.
The concept of the control of God over everything is called the “sovereignty” of God. God’s sovereignty is defined as His complete and total independent control over every creature, event, and circumstance at every moment in history. Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
REFLECTION & RESPONSE
(The Diary: After My Flight Part 3)
So many things are happening around us and to us, that it can be easy to just look at our circumstances and react. So what’s happening in your life? I think God chose to remind me in that airplane who He is and who’s in control. Yes he heard my prayers, but my focus was more on inadvertently thinking that all I needed to do was click my heels and in my own ability, depend on what I was doing to feel good. But, It’s not what I do; it is about being conscious of who God is and what he’s done for us. Maybe you don’t do crazy rituals, but what do you initially trust in? We all lean on our own understanding. We all depend on our own strength. We fail to acknowledge him, which is why we get so confused and start to question things. We don’t trust in the Lord, but instead we trust in ourselves.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says it all, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will direct your path.” I shared my silly journal entries in hopes it would encourage you to know the “Most High God” as he is referred to many times in the bible. It is the Hebrew name El Elyon, and means “the possessor of heaven and earth.” So let’s respond with that fact on our mind.
In closing, let me leave you with this. The Bible says, “As the clay is in the potters hands, so are you in my hands,” (Jeremiah 18: 6 New Living Translation). We need to know that we couldn’t be in better hands. No One is wiser, more skilled, or more loving.