I was on a plane a couple weeks ago and as I approached my assigned seat number I realized I was in the window seat (insert sigh here). After climbing over two people to get to my seat, I plopped down and attempted to get comfortable. See, now that I’m older I always prefer the aisle seat (for the extra leg room and easy access to the bathroom).
However, as some time passed and I began to appreciate the view, I found myself remembering why I used to ask people to switch with me when I was younger so I could sit by the window (yes, unfortunately I was that person).
It was night time in seat 8D so all I could really see were patterns of lights and clouds. I don’t know if you’re like me but I always find it interesting how taking in a view from that elevation always fosters new thoughts and ideas.
My first observation was: Why is it that the higher you travel the slower you feel like you’re moving even though you are actually flying at incredibly high speeds? (Ok, now if you’re a scientist or someone who actually knows the technical answer to this question, bear with me.)
It seemed that the higher we traveled, the more my perception of time and space began to change.
From a spiritual perspective I began to consider how our understanding of the space around us changes when we are elevated above it.
“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
I know this may sound impractical for us earthly folk but if we really believe the implications of this verse, God is telling us that He has positioned us high above all earthly things, and when He saved us he positioned us to be as high as Christ is.
Now just as when you are thousands of feet in the air looking down on whichever state or country you’re flying over, and it seems as though you are moving at a snail’s pace, think about how God views the passing of time in this verse.
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
I mean I don’t know about you but when I read that I always thought God had made some serious miscalculations. How is it even possible that God would perceive and experience time so drastically different than the way we do?
Then it hit me–“This is God’s perspective on time, but how high up is He? And how understandable and reasonable that verse is based upon his elevation to the things of this earth.
He has given us this same ability to be high above all things, and desires that our mind, heart, and soul reside from a high place in order to see as He does.
After considering these thoughts that God dropped in my heart I began to ask myself, “what are some things that I see or experience differently up here in seat 8D.”
My view of how time was passing changed.
I was able to have a “bird’s eye view” of everything.
I noticed how the seemingly significant was now strangely insignificant.
I saw patterns, rhyme, reason, order, and beauty.
When I was on the ground, right in the center of things, everything looked and felt chaotic but now it began to look beautiful.
When we allow God’s thoughts to reside in our minds and hearts, that is the fuel to lift us to this high place where we can see situations, people, our past, present and future through God’s eyes.
The enemy loses his power over us when we can see as God does. Because now we can see His divine pattern in our lives.
“Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.” Romans 8:28 (Phillips)
“Come up higher; the air is rarer;
The sky is bluer, come up higher.
Come up higher; the mind is cleaner,
The heart is truer; come up higher.
Come up higher — life is clearer,
And heaven is nearer — come up higher.”
-Minnie Keith Bailey