Saturday, May 28, 2011

Flying and Flying By the Seat of Your Pants

I flew home last night.  My last phone conversation was with my dad saying that I just couldn't take any more turbulence in my life.  Of course, lift off was really bumpy and I found myself wondering why I EVER said that.

Note, I am an awful flyer.  I hate it.

But, as I was sitting there, looking out the window thinking about leaving my future home bouncing around in my seat I realized that flying is a lot like faith.

And maybe that's why I don't like it so much.

I like my feet on the ground, I like knownig that the ground is under me, and that I am in control.  I am in charge of the propulsion. 

Note, I also hate driving.  It's sometimes too intense for me to deal with all the incoming factors....

But, how often do we hear of planes falling out of the sky?

I'm just SURE that the one I am on is going to do that.

My uncle's did that.

I must admit that sometimes I live in worry that my own personal plane is falling out of the sky.  There's no way we're going to get the right home, the right jobs (I have no talked myself out of the perfect job, just knowing they'll figure out they don't need/want me), selling the house.  That God really doesn't have a plan for us, that we are totally screwed.

But as the lights of phoenix grew very distant I realized that our plane would take off and land in the right places.  That our pilot had all of our safety at heart and we would be fine.  Bumps in the road or the air are just that -- bumps.  And as long as we don't decide to jump out of the plane we'll be good.

So, Hilary, don't jump off the plane.

New Mantra -- {God is in charge, don't jump off the plane}


  1. I like that mantra.

    Did the sale of your house not go through then? Anything promising in AZ? Hang in there, friend!

  2. Now that you're back in CA, safe and sound, I will tell you that Phoenix is the worst airport to fly in and out of. The heat really makes for bad turbulence. But, once I learned it was nothing to be scared of, it was okay.

    In a few months, you're going to look back and all of this and see the wonderful ways the Lord directed your path. I'm sure you see some already. AND don't talk yourself out of the perfect job!!!

  3. Funny, I heard a talk recently (I think in our Stake Conference broadcast) that had the recurring phrase of don't jump off the plane. I'm going to see if I can find it for you. You must be inspired, for sure.

    I know how you feel. We've moved more times than I would have liked, but I liked everywhere we've moved to. One time we were actually packing the U-Haul to leave the next day and Bob hears on the news that his new company is being bought out. He called his contacts and they said they couldn't guarantee a job when we got there. We knew it was right, I already had a teaching job so we went. All the way from AZ to Minnesota. And it. was. awesome.

    It feels really awful being in limbo with so many unanswered questions, but like you said a few posts ago, you do what you can and have confidence that someone (not us) is in charge and knows better what we need than we do. It's hard, but everything is an adventure. Some adventures just get off to a slow start.

    I'm praying for you and your turbulent plane ride. You can do it!


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