Last week, I got the opportunity to go out to Seattle with some friends. The trip started off with one of my traveling mates telling me that there was a little mix up on our flights. Ended up, I was going to be taking a separate route as them to Seattle. We were going to all land about 30 minutes apart in Seattle but I was flying with a layover in Chicago Midway and they were going through Houston. I’m not going to lie, at first, I was a little upset…I hadn’t seen my friend in a while and I was hoping that we were going to be able to catch up on the planes. At the same time, I couldn’t really do anything about it, so I just had to make the most of my time and embrace the adventure.
Turns out, the time that the flights provided me were exactly what I needed. I was forced to disconnect from all of life’s things. No phone, no computer, no emails, no internet, no texting, no social media. Nothing. Y’all know the dreaded airplane mode…BUT I was able to focus and pray about some of the things that I have been struggling with, all while knowing that on the other end of my flights I had an awesome adventure ahead of me in Seattle. It was much needed and so refreshing.
I had this overwhelming feeling as I was getting to Seattle of simply being on the same page with God. I felt a sense of shalom. It was no doubt the best “quiet time” that I have had in a long time. As I have gotten back from Seattle and settled into my life I have been asking myself, “How can I get back into airplane mode?” Let me clarify, by airplane mode I don’t mean the setting on your phone that shuts off all of it’s cellular/data functions. I mean, “How can I experience this closeness/shalom with God that I felt as I was getting off the plane for Seattle?”
We should take the approach everyday in our quiet time that on the other end of our time with the Lord there is going to be a crazy adventure. No matter if you are going all the way across the country to Seattle or walking to your office that is just a few blocks away. God promises us all sorts of adventures (good and bad) AND he promises to be with us in those adventures. I challenge you today as you read this to take a couple of minutes and think about ways that you can channel this new view of airplane mode. How can you take time and truly dedicate it to the Lord with no outside distractions?