Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shaken, not Stirred.

I'm traveling for work, which meant I flew today.  It was WINDY today.  From Roanoke to Atlanta, and from Atlanta to Cincinnati- WINDY. 

Did I mention it was WINDY?

With each take-off, strange noises came from the metal outside my window.  The passengers around me were cracking jokes and talking about the recent news about holes in planes.  I felt my heart race a bit.

And, then when the noises stopped, the WIND shook the plane. My mind started thinking lots of things one shouldn't probably think while in the air.  Since I was busy fighting with my brain, I didn't get frustrated when the flight attendant stopped handing out Diet Coke in row 11 (I was row 12)  because of the "weather."

The rocking, brought a picture of a hand shaking dice before throwing them down. 

I thought I saw sixes on the wing.   No, it was snake eyes.

I started to get a little anxious. 

It just so happened, I was reading A Thousand Gifts at the time, so instead of getting all stirred up and stressing out, I decided to be thankful.  I prayed, and thanked God for my boys, and my husband, and the sunshine, and the job which offers so many opportunities for me.  I thanked him for the clouds- I do love looking at the clouds from above and not under them.  And while I was praying, He showed me that plane was in fact being held in a hand, God's hand.  I was no longer anxious.  

Thank you God for the shaking, and reminding that you always have me in the palm of your hand.  

When the squeaky, eery noises returned upon landing, I was no longer thinking about what might go wrong, but on what had gone right.  I was picturing God sitting the plane down on the runway, and knowing once again that He is in control of all things. 

Today was good.  Good to spend the day with Lauren & Amy, my traveling buddies and coworkers.  It was fun to chat with them over lunch and waiting to board planes and rides in rental cars.  It was good to meet my new Traffic team and getting to know them over a nice dinner in downtown Cincinnati.  I'm looking forward to the next few days and what they will bring.   

But, as I sit in this hotel, in peace and quiet I am really missing my guys.
I want to be near my teen right now, to encourage him for his wisdom.  And, as is typical when I travel without my dudes, I miss something important.  As was the case when I learned Elijah rode his bike tonight without training wheels- for the first time.  Thank you big brother Shayne for teaching him.  I am NOT bitter that there isn't a picture to document it, really I'm not. 
And, I'm really missing my husband, my friend who is taking on my half of our chaos and taking care of all things Allen while I'm eating at nice Italian restaurants and enjoying hotel silence.  Thanks and I luv you babe. 

I mentioned I was reading One Thousand Gifts  today. It's a rare treat to have an hour to read without interruption (except for those pesky plane noises) and Ann's words are so true and powerful and practical.  The  quote below is one of many that spoke to my heart today.  She's talking about grace, and our days- why God expects us to say good-bye to the ones we love, and why do any of us deserve more, more than one day and why don't we all ask why we are allowed more? 

"When I realize that it is not God who is in my debt but I who am in His great debt, then doesn't all become gift?" -Ann Voskamp

Today is a gift.  I don't know why I got another and others did not.  I pray that I will remember to ask God why I was allowed more, and in the asking be thankful. 

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