Thoughts from 30,000 Feet in the Air by Carl Crispin
I love staring out the window of the airplane as we cruise at 30,000 feet, looking down on the clouds. It gives me a sense of being closer to God and I always sense His power, His peace and His greatness when I’m looking out at the wonder of His creation.
321 Improv spends a lot of time on planes and it’s a great place for reading and thinking about what God is doing. Recently, I read this quote from A.W. Tozer. “It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about, confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run.”
What a great thought! The world looks at busyness as a badge of honor, and the world looks at sitting still as laziness. But God often tells us to be still and listen for His still small voice. It doesn’t accomplish anything to be busy just for the sake of being busy. We get more from our relationship with God when we take it slowly and let His words really sink and take hold in our lives.
Another thought I came across recently when I was reading on a plane, is this from Matt Chandler. “The day-to-day drip of God’s promises is far more impactful than the frantic search for a quick gulp of God due to spiritual dehydration.”
I’ve noticed this in my own life. When 321 Improv is busy traveling for a few days and I get out of rhythm with my Bible reading and prayer time, I find myself in that state of “spiritual dehydration.” It makes me want to gulp in a huge section of scripture or something.
But that constant drip, drip, every day, consistent conversation with God, — daily Bible reading, prayer time and devotions, are so much more meaningful.
God has blessed us greatly! With 321 Improv, we get to travel to a lot of great events and collect nuggets of spiritual wisdom from so many different people. Maybe a speaker at an event in which we’re performing, or a great worship song at another event, then a great conversation with an old friend about what God is doing in their life, or a new friend who has some exciting news about God’s work.
Somebody asked me recently, how I stay connected with God when I’m busy traveling and miss church on the weekend. For me, all of these things are the answer. I believe when God calls us to do something, He gives us the tools to get the job done. He has given us supportive families, the connection with Him up in the sky on an airplane, and sometimes a church-like experience on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when we aren’t able to make it to church on Sunday.
I love how God works in His timing and in His ways. His ways are not our ways and His timing is always perfect. It’s fun to watch Him work and I’m thankful we get to be part of