Bill Couchenour | Monday, August 08, 2011
I was on a flight recently working on my computer and quietly complaining to myself about how slow the internet connection was. Then it dawned on me:
I’m sitting in a relatively comfortable seat (though I could use a little more leg room) flying at 600 mph and at nearly six miles above the earth.
AND I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS!
Funny how we take the opportunities in life for granted.
My preference when flying is always an aisle seat. Easy in, easy out – just like riding a bus. If necessary, I’ll take a window seat (anything to avoid the dreaded middle seat). But, when I do need to take a window seat, I am always amazed. At some point, I stop working long enough to look out the window to realize I am in the clouds. When you come through the clouds on the descent, you can see for miles. I try to imagine how many people, how many dogs, even how many insects are in the area of the earth that I can see at the moment. I think about the circumstances and the stories that would be represented by the thousands of people in this area of the earth. Then I realize that, as big as that area of the earth is, it’s a relatively small area on a relatively small planet in one of countless galaxies in the universe. And I again, get a glimpse at how much bigger God is than I had allowed Him to become in my everyday life.
Funny how we take the bigness of God for granted.
I can still remember an evening years ago when an architect friend of mine and I were driving back from a meeting in Florida. The sunset was spectacular (as many in Florida are). I remember the evening not just because of the sunset, but also because of our conversation. We were realizing that as spectacular as the sunset was, it was free. If it could be captured and ransomed, it would be priceless. Neither of us could afford it, yet God gives it to us for free. That led us to realize that the priceless blessings in life are, in fact, free. A brilliant blue and orange sunset. The aroma of fresh cinnamon bread. The taste of our favorite food. An embrace by a loved one. A simple, heartfelt “I love you.” The grace of an awesome God.
Funny how we take the priceless blessings of life for granted.
Pause, for a moment. Is there anything you’re taking for granted today?
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