...just as soon as the girls get off to school and I get showered and dressed and take Daisy and Joey to the dog and cat hotel.
Flying is not my favorite thing. I used to love it, but since having kids, I pretty much hate it. As I told the group of moms I met the other morning at MOPS, my dad is an engineer and has explained to me how the plane stays in the air. Still, I just don't get it.
I can totally relate to that song by the Indigo Girls about being up in an airplane, but preferring to be in my home on the ground!
As we talked about praying through your house the other morning at MOPS, I mentioned the idea of "breath prayers" that I first learned from Jan Johnson in her book, Enjoying the Presence of God. They are short phrases, often based on Scripture, that we can pray quickly and easily. They're those kinds of prayers that help me see it really is possible to pray without ceasing, because it's just lifting someone up with a phrase when you think about them. Or a situation. Or just a moment to praise God with a short prayer like, "Glory and honor and praise."
I totally have a breath prayer for when I fly--especially if there's lots of bumpy air. (How can air be bumpy? See it's just not natural!) It's from Deuteronomy 33:27, and goes like this, "Underneath are the everlasting arms."
Lift and drag? Aerodynamics? Wing shape? Whatever. It's God's hands keeping that plane in the air!
So if you're on my flight today and if it's bumpy and if you see some crazy woman with white knuckles muttering under her breath, that'll be me repeating over and over again: "Underneath are the everlasting arms."