Sitting in the Window Seat

I have two jobs.

Job number one I am the secretary at my church and job number two I am a travel agent.  Since I just told you that I am a travel agent this next part may sound very strange to you….I am afraid to fly. Yep you read that right… I am a travel agent and I am afraid to fly.

But I fly anyway.

You may ask, “Why do I still choose to fly? ”

My answer is…I fly because I have chosen not to let fear consume my life and stop me from missing out on the good stuff. Dealing with the fear is always worth doing because what usually waits at the other side of the plane ride is usually something fun and exciting. I love to travel, I love seeing different places, experiencing different cultures and just going places that I have never been.  I am not sure how I could experience all that awesomeness without flying so I swallow my fear and make myself get on the plane.

Though I say I am afraid to fly my fear is not quite as bad as it used to be and I have actually come a long way.  Years ago I when I flew I would close my eyes the whole time the plane was taking off  and pretty much hid my face under my sweater (because everyone knows that hiding under a sweater will save your life if the plane crashes). Once the plane was at cruising altitude then I would just sit in my seat frozen in fear the whole time counting down the minutes until landing.

One time on a flight to the Dominican Republic the plane we were on hit an air pocket just as we were preparing to land and the plane felt as if it did some sort of free fall for miles with the captain seeming to lose control for what seemed like forever.  He finally got it under control but then it happened again! It was nighttime and did I mention we were about to land??! I thought we were going to smash into the ground any second… but we didn’t.

Also to top that off during that week while we were in the Dominican Republic it also happened to be the week that a plane in New Your City hit a flock of geese and Captain “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed the plane into the Hudson River (story here), so the whole time we were in the DR every time I turned the TV on I would see news coverage about the plane and by time we went home I was petrified to fly home and just knew we were going to hit a flock of geese on take off.  I got on the plane anyway and we made it home safely as you have probably figured out by now, because if we hadn’t you would not be reading this story

I have flown many many times since then all of them without incident but I am still fearful of flying. I have come to the point that I still don’t like taking off a whole lot but once the plane is up I am okay. . A friend once told me to try to imagine when I am in a plane that I am just sitting in a room.  That theory seems to work pretty well as long as we don’t hit any turbulence… most rooms I have been in do not move unless there is an earth tremor or…..unless they are in the air at 37,000 feet!

This past week my husband and I went to Mexico.  On our way home the plane wasn’t full so my husband and I ended up with a whole row of seats to ourselves.  One thing I never do on a plane is sit in a window seat because I just can’t bear to sit so close to the edge of the plane (Ya I know… you just rolled your eyes 😀 )  About halfway through the flight my husband got up to go in the bathroom and I am not sure why I decided to do this, but I bravely moved over into the window seat while he was gone.

I only planned to sit there for just a minute but then I glimpsed out the window and I noticed how the clouds seemed to be flat, almost like a fluffy white blanket and we seemed to be gliding along on top of it.

I got out my camera and took a picture.20150629_140353 (1)

And then another20150629_140246

And another20150629_140259

I am not sure when it happened but somehow I became lost in the beauty outside the plane and I completely forgot that I am scared to fly AND…I stayed in the window seat for the rest of the flight!  There was something about seeing the world from up in the air that just left me in awe of just how great God is.

I mean like how wow is it that the sky and earth just seem to go on forever and ever. 20150629_142435

The different configurations of clouds 20150629_143015

The way the land goes on and on with ever changing landscapes. 20150629_145709

It’s just so magnificent the way the clouds are puffier above them then below them.20150629_145219

Something about what I saw from the window of the plane felt so freeing.

I had already had a weekend of soul searching and this flight home was like the icing on the cake. It was like God was speaking to me and saying, “why do you continually worry and try to control things? Why do you continue to let scars from the past reopen? Those old things can not hurt you anymore. You have got to move forward and quit looking backwards!

Sitting there on that airplane looking out over that huge world made me feel so small and it felt like I was just sitting there perched in the palm of God’s hand looking out over the edge. It was as if I was looking out over something so much bigger than I ever could begin to imagine.

If God is big enough to have this huge huge world under control why would I not think that he had my teeny tiny life under control?

“Look out the window! I have all of this under control!”20150629_150713 20150629_150928 20150629_150750 20150629_150935 20150629_151016

I even stayed in the window seat and watched all the way through the landing! Wow! God always amazes me!

I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:9-10

18 thoughts on “Sitting in the Window Seat

  1. Karina Susanto says:

    Wonderful pictures over the sky, sis. Shows how marvelous God’s creation When I was teen I had same problem with you. Scared to fly. I just imagine when I on the top then the plane machine suddenly stop and I will fly somewhere without right direction 🙂 Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos from above. Much blessings to you.

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    • Terri says:

      Hi Karina, I have had that problem too 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words about my pictures, it is so very beautiful up there! Blessings to you also and thank you for coming by!

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    • Terri says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and also for sharing, I am realizing many people have a bit of fear on planes! You also have a blessed day!

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  2. daleenc says:

    I must admit, I’ve never really been scared of planes before. That’s probably because both my grandpa and Dad are pilots. 😉 But I know what you mean about the clouds!!!! They are gorgeous beyond belief!!! And Isaiah 41 is probably one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. 😀

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    • Terri says:

      How cool that your Dad and Granddpa both are pilots! I am guessing you must have flown a lot in your life, I often wonder if I had flown as a young person if I would be not quite so scared now. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting 🙂

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  3. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus says:

    Loved the Photos T and I really do understand how you felt, when I was younger and very mixed up I was told by a Clairvoyant that I would die on my second trip Overseas, I forgot about this prediction until many years later.

    Ron and I had been to New Zealand and were flying to America so Ron could see his Daughter and her family but without warning we hit very rough air turbulence, I was almost sitting on Ron’s Lap, shaking and very frightened, the Clairvoyants words were echoing in my mind; your going to die but Guess what I didn’t.

    Protective fear is good but Satan can also cause fear and so we talk to Jesus and He takes it away, sin causes fear too, so if we have sinned we repent but if Satan is bringing up past confessed sins which as Christians we are forgiven of, we claim God’s Truth, which is; if we confess our sins He is Faithful and Just to forgive us of them and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

    Now T, there is no reason not to come to Aussie Land for a visit.

    Christian Love Always – Anne

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    • Terri says:

      I am so glad you do not believe in those clairvoyant people anymore and that now you have God’s truth to rely on. I am also glad you did not die on your trip or I would not know you now, turbulence can be quite scary but I have realized that it is just kind of like a bump on the road except its in the sky lol. Thank you for coming by and for your kind words about my photos, it was so very beautiful up there 🙂 Blessings to you!

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