“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
So you don’t need I know me very well to have discovered how I feel about flying. It terrifies me. I try to isolate myself in the days leading up to a flight. Because I know I am going to be a snappish bear. That’s what fear does to me: makes me likely to be cranky and horrible to those around me – friends and family.
As I write this, I’m half way to Frankfurt, where we will have a couple of hours layover before continuing on to Edinburgh, Scotland. Out the left side of the plane, miles below us is Greenland and we’ll pass by Iceland as well.
It occurs to me that there are many places in this world I long to see. That despite my fear, God has birthed something in me: despite myself, I am becoming a world traveler. And this pleases me immensely.
When I put my trust in God, I find myself pulled out of my comfort zones into places and experiences I never could have managed or imagined on my own. That is be beauty of a life lived in the transforming presence of God.
It doesn’t do away with my anxiety. It doesn’t mean I’m pleasant to be around on those days before a flight. But it does mean that my feet will trod paths they have never been down before. What a blessing it is to know that my times are in His hands. That He knows the plans he has for me, and that they’ll be better than anything I can come up with on my own.
For the next 7 days I’ll be blogging my experiences as our choir tours Scotland, singing in Cathedrals and pubs and the occasional flash mob just for fun. I hope you’ll join me for the journey!