Flying around the world gives you a unique view of the world. From the vantage point in which you see the ocean and land below, to sights-sounds-and even smells, and the people you meet and interact with.
My flights as of late have been on much shorter and much smaller flights, mainly back and forth to Massachusetts. But, that changed yesterday morning as I boarded a 300 passenger plane for a 13 hour flight across the Atlantic to make a connection in Addis Ababa. It’s pretty incredible when the size of the engine of your airplane appears to be the same size as the nose of the plane I’m used to flying on.
As we took off, I had no idea what to expect. I was grateful for the extra leg room but anything can happen in 13 hours. I was graced with three wonderful people in my row. Conversations ranged from aviation and one mans dream to see Africa send a spaceship or rocket to outer space, for Africa to one day take its place! Then to singing ABCs with an almost two year old and discussions of God and his miracles with his mom. Though
I remember just staring out my window at the endless mountain ranges of clouds, that were even more beautiful as the sun rose in the morning shooting many colors across the sky! Oh the beauty, the stillness, even though we were traveling at hundreds of miles and hour, time seemed to stand still. I just breathed it in. (I don’t get these moments often these days, so I wanted to soak it in).
I may have only slept for 3-4 hours broken up in small pieces, I’m grateful for those God surrounded me with. The moments, even without words, that spoke volumes to my heart!
Some may ask, why do you do this? I’m sure I’ve explained it in many ways. But similar to the gentleman who shared of his dream for Africa, I have one too. That one day many would come to know the true hope and restoration that comes with a relationship with Jesus, and that many would begin to embark on this journey, it is then the light would continue to spread across this once dark continent, and I believe we will see Africa take its place in bringing hope, life and restoration to the world. That Africa would be a beacon of hope to the world.
And, so, here my journey begins: to Goma, in DR Congo. I’m going even if it’s for just one moment, one person, one life who can experience the everlasting love, power and restoration found in Jesus.
I go to partner with the work God is doing already, giving my heart, mind, and hands to Gods service, to serve but most importantly to love!
One more flight to go!!! One more moment to soar above the clouds and to gaze upon the beauty of what God has made.
Though I don’t get the Ethiopian airlines Cloud 9 treatment, I’m still there on cloud 9, excited for what God has in store.
I’ll update you soon.