July 11, 2010

Airplanes

I remember my first time flying at the age 14. For many, that’s a long time before ever flying. Although I am proud to say growing up my family did vacations the old fashioned way. We drove places. Yet that first flight was unforgettable. In fact 11 years later sitting here in an airport I find myself flashing back to that moment. For me there is something about flying that is so energizing. The whole experience of walking through an airport, to boarding the plane, to taking off excites me. The idea of being around so many people who are all going places just captivates me. Perhaps that’s because in life we don’t always find ourselves going places. If anything we slip into the habit of fulfilling an often predictable and boring routine. We find ourselves standing still.

In scripture Jesus does something incredible. He feeds five thousand men, not including women and children with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Personally if I experience or witness something that miraculous; I’m celebrating! I’m going to take a minute to soak in the moment. You know, the type of moments that make you feel comfortable, never wanting to move. And that’s the difference I’m discovering between Jesus and myself. He didn’t stop. In Matthew 14:22 following the verse that says he fed over 5 thousand people it says, “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.” In other words, “get a head start and I’ll catch up.”

I’m guessing the disciples were in shock over what just happened and immediately boarding a boat may have seemed strange at the moment. What they didn’t know was Jesus had them moving on to another work of God where two men would walk on water in the middle of a storm; incredible!

Perhaps this is why we experience disconnect from Christ at times. Because we are standing still and he is moving on to the next incredible work of God. I’m guessing that if we would strive to keep pace with him, not only would we find ourselves going places in life. We would also experience an undeniably energizing fulfillment through being a follower of Christ. A follower of one who immediately responds to opportunities that allow God to be revealed and the miraculous to take place.