Fear of Flying
This past weekend I had the chance to visit Turks and Caicos island with my best friend. As I floated in this water that seemed perfectly stained like the windows in the church, I realized how much travel has impacted me. I've seen two different continents and several countries over the past 3 years and I am still amazed each time as to how different the world is. Travel has been one of my favorite ways to learn and to practice self care when it seems the world is moving too fast.
What a lot of people don't realize is that I hate flying. I'm actually terribly afraid of it and I rarely sleep on flights because of this underlying anxiety. My flight to Turkey...I was wide awake even after several drinks. I watched a couple of movies on my flight to Madrid because my eyes wouldn't close. I haven't been able to master letting go of this fear but I did pinpoint a fact while 1500 miles away from my home in this tropical oasis.
I realized that to see new views you have to be willing to travel.
I initially meant new places because you can't drive to a country in Africa or hop on the train to London. It then hit me that this applies to ANYTHING in life. We have all these dreams but aren't willing to go the extra mile needed to achieve them.
A lot of planes have a cruising altitude of nearly 36,000 feet. This means that once they are where they need to be that is normally smooth sailing as this is the safest part of the flight. Just like in our own lives, the comfort zone can be smooth sailing because it doesn't challenge us to move out of the ordinary or against the odds. Ironically enough, the ascent and descent are the most dangerous part of the flight. This takes skill from the pilot as he picks up speed and goes against the weather to find that place which allows him to move gracefully. This part can include turbulence, expected and unexpected, which the pilot has trained tirelessly to handle.
Your life is this plane ride. Deciding to move to a new level will be one of the most scary and sometimes dangerous parts of your life because you are defying the odds. Every new idea in my head has scared me because I have wondered how in the world I could accomplish it. I wondered how I could accomplish it without any bumps in the ride not realizing that is part of the journey.
When God takes you to a new level, you're going to face weather which will ultimately bring turbulence.
This weather can come in the form of lack of knowledge, naysayers, and even your own doubt. Just like that pilot, God is already equipped to handle everything that is thrown at you. He's already adjusted your direction when He sees you're headed into a spot of trouble and helps you act accordingly.
This world wasn't made so big for you to stay right where you are. I say this in a sense of traveling but also a sense of you traveling to where God wants you to be. I've said it many times before but God wants you to be big and great though He didn't promise it would be easy. He did however let us know that His promises over our life will be fulfilled but we have to be willing to board the plane.
Don't let the fear of flying keep you from your date with destiny. Sometimes they are small connector flights that take us around the corner and other times it may be a 12 hour long haul but you have to go. You have to be willing to brave the unknown and fight your fear if you truly want to see what awaits you?