I can’t truly appreciate the entire experience of Kenya without the flight experiences. I’ve only flown 1 other time before Kenya and that was back in 2007 to Washington DC. It was a weekend trip and a VERY short flight. My luggage was delayed a couple of hours on that trip but, other than that, it was the only challenge. Our flight to Kenya started in Birmingham and was due to take off at 5:45pm. The flight was delayed about 25 minutes and didn’t actually take off until 6:30pm. Our flight from Dallas to London was due to leave at 9:00pm so we still thought we would be okay to catch our connecting flight when landing in Dallas. What we didn’t count on was sitting on the Tarmac for another 30 minutes when landing in Dallas at 8:30pm. Dallas is a large airport and we had to take a railcar to a terminal on the other side of the airport to catch our connecting flight.
When we took off from Birmingham Susan let me sit by the window. When I flew in 2007 I was able to sit by the window too. I think that is what helped me enjoy the experience of flying. Getting the chance to look out at the world from so high up. It’s truly an amazing view(if your flying during the day)!! Looking out the window when taking off at everything getting smaller and smaller……this is what the birds look at all day! Seriously, the take-off itself gets your adrenaline pumping. For me, as we climb higher and higher I can’t take my eyes off the ground!! It’s absolutely amazing to see the rivers and lakes, the mountains, homes, pools and for me…..I like to look for the Football Stadiums and Baseball Fields. That’s just so cool to me!! When we finally get up to the clouds and go through the clouds……can’t see a thing! As we emerge from the clouds the view is absolutely spectacular!!! I’m 35,000 feet closer to my God!! To see His beautiful creation above the clouds…..this is a view we don’t get to see everyday!! His gentle hands take their time placing each cloud in the perfect formation and spot for each day! Some days the sky is bluer than others. If it’s raining below the clouds…..it’s sunny up above! The sun is thousands of times brighter when your 35,000 miles closer to it!! All I could think about was Creation and how God in only 6 days started and completed the massive project of creation!!! The thin clouds, the fluffy clouds, the stars, the sun, the moon…..He took great pleasure in creating our planet and placing everything in its right place…..including US! God made this planet and everything on it for us to enjoy! I am thankful to experience the beauty of His creation! Trips like this allows Him to open my heart and draw me closer to Him. He used me to glorify Him and He changed me in the process!! Looking out my window at everything below puts things in perspective for me. I can’t look at everything above and below and soak in the beauty of it all and doubt that God exists!! The absolute beauty and flawlessness of it all takes my breath away!! Even with the flight delay challenge on the first flight, I truly believe God used that for His glory! He wanted us to see and experience the beginning of a beautiful sunset, the warmth of the bright sun on our faces, the fluffiest clouds that looked like you could fall asleep in them and the bluest sky!! I thank God for everything He revealed to me on the way to Kenya!!
For the music director; a psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.
Day after day it speaks out;
night after night it reveals his greatness.
There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard.
Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon.
In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun.