Once I heard an old time preacher man say that he had never took an "airplane ride" but that some day he was going to take a "plain air ride." With somewhat of a sense of humor, of course, but the whole entire congregation knew exactly what he was talking about.
I thought about that this past weekend when Don and I took our very first airplane ride ever to our daughters' wedding in Florida. Excited would be an understatement of all the emotions I was feeling. Finally the day came, and filled with anticipation I scurried unto the plane with only one thought in my mind..."I have to get a window seat or I am going to cry right here in front of all these people." It was a wasted worry, there were plenty of window seats, as my daughter, the travel agent, assured me there would be. As we left the ground and started the lift off, I could actually feel my heart flutter inside my chest. The stewardess on the intercom informed us that we were headed for a height of about 37,000 feet.. that is about 7 1/2 miles high..Oh, My!
As, I looked out the window at the clouds floating along below me, I was overwhelmed with the awesomeness of just how big and powerful God really is. I have always heard that we were like grains of sand...but being 7 miles high and looking down just kind of put that all in perspective. We are truly grains of sand in this ginormous world.
Looking out the tiny window, the clouds looked as if they were giant balls of cotton and I was sure that if the need arose, I could jump on one and it would catch me and hold me in its pillowy softness. I imagined how fun it would be just to jump from one cloud to the next. Or just lay there and bask in the bright sunshine for a while. I felt as if I were a child again experiencing awesomeness for the very first time.
While focusing on those beautiful white orbs, I thought about and old Hoppers song. Goes like this:
"Steppin' on the clouds, we'll see Jesus, rise to meet him in the air,
Steppin' on the clouds, he will greet us, oh, the joy together we'll share.
I'm gonna leave this world behind me, goin' where the devil can not find me
I'm goin higher, higher, higher, Steppin' on the clouds.
I realize also that this little piece of what was pure delightment to me, is also what a lot of people take for granted. Their jobs require or demand that they fly often, so I am supposing they just get used to it, like riding in a car, or on a bus. To most, it is not a big deal. But as I looked around me and saw the girl next to us was napping, my thought was "how on earth can you nap?" The man across the isle was working on his computer..."are you kidding me?" With clouds like this beneath us?" Do they not realize that they are missing God's handiwork that is right here in their midst? I seriously think that a lot times we miss out on blessings by just not taking a moment to see, smell, hear, and touch the mighty works of God. We just need to (as the old saying goes) stop and smell the roses.
I had these same emotions as I stood on the nearly pure white sand of Santa Rosa Beach. The gulf stretched out in front of me with waves lapping at my feet..such total power and awesomeness...Just had to take a moment and take a deep breath and thank God for all the beauty and magnificence that he created. Once again, I am sure those that live there or go there often take it for granted too. Maybe it is only us Inland people that really appreciate that kind of awesome beauty, or maybe not.
I don't know if I will ever get the chance to fly any where else in this life time. Or even to stand on the snow white beaches, I hope that I do at some point. I always told everyone that flying in a plane was in the number one spot on my bucket list. Well, I can cross that baby off now. The image of those clouds are forever etched in my mind. If I were an artist, I would paint a picture of it. Although I am sure that a painting would never compare to seeing it all in real life. If I never get to fly again, one thing that I know for sure is that when this life is over, and God calls me home, I will indeed take a "Plain air ride" just like that ole preacher man did several years ago.
The ole preacher man was none other than Brother Sydney Razor..Assembly of God minister. My pastor, and mentor when I was a kid. Don and I attended his church the first few years of our marriage, and he preached my dad's funeral. A very special man of God that I loved dearly. Many years ago he did indeed take his "Plain Air Ride". I have no doubt he is now enjoying all of the breathtaking beauty of Heaven itself.
A big thank you to both of our girls..April and Marissa for making this dream come true for Dad and me. The wedding was simple, elegant, and beautiful. But the bride was even more so. Just the icing and whip cream to this piece of cake. Love you both and really do appreciate all that you do for Dad and I.