On a recent flight I was seated directly in front of a five year old girl. She was a first time flyer headed to Disney with Mom and Dad. As the plane began to speed down the runway, this little girl giddily cried out, “Whoa! We’re going so fast!” Her excitement was bubbling over.
We soon lifted off the ground and were airborne. She looked down with unbridled excitement and glee, “They look like little toys! Those cars look like little toys, Daddy!” She was fascinated with the number of little toy cars weaving their way through morning traffic. “Sixty-five hundred billion” was her estimate of the number of cars on the ground. I sat, listened and vicariously enjoyed this first time flyer’s excitement.
In stark contrast, many adults seated on the same flight never bothered to look out the window. Some had even fallen asleep. These experienced flyers had done this before plenty of times. The novelty of flying had long wore off. The awe and wonder of flight was long gone. They were now more interested in the destination than in the journey. It was the same flight, but the two responses were totally different.
I remember when I first became a Christian. The joy, rush and excitement of this new journey with Christ was overwhelming! I wanted to tell everyone about this wonderful Jesus who had entered my life and saved my soul. Not everyone who I spoke to really wanted to hear what I had to say, but they truly had little choice. I was too overwhelmed with excitement, gratitude and joy to restrain myself!
I was dangerous!
Now almost two decades later, I am still on the flight with Christ. I still love Jesus, serve Jesus and have grown deeper in my relationship with the Lord. However, the level of awe, wonder and excitement over my salvation fails in comparison to those early days as a new believer. [Read about an airplane flight that changed my entire life!]
As these thoughts danced around in my head, I peered out the window of the plane and listened to the play by play commentary of this little five year old girl. I entered into her space for a moment and reflected on the sheer amazement of flight. I began to again ponder the beauty, joy and miracle of flying, but also the same beauty, joy and miracle of my salvation. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” (Psalm 51:12, NLT)
If by chance you have not yet started your journey with Christ, let me encourage you to get on board and invite Jesus into your heart and life. It is by far the most amazing flight this world has to offer. Just come to Jesus as a child and offer yourself completely to him.
If you are a Christian today, stop, pause, and take a minute to look out the window. Reflect on the amazing love that was shown to you when Jesus died on the cross for your sins. As you elevate your thinking to these spiritual truths, all the worldly distractions, trials and pains of this life will begin to shrink to their proper perspective…just like those sixty-five hundred billion cars out on the freeway.
How can you remain excited and joyful in the salvation of the Lord?