I’ve done a lot of airplane travel over the past year. I remember as a kid the idea of flying on a plane caused me to much excitement that I could not sleep all night just thinking about my upcoming adventure. Though I am thankful for the option of taking a flight rather than embarking on a LONG drive; I no longer find it thrilling.
One thing I find especially interesting is the magnitude of people; all walks of life, all ages, all religious beliefs, all occupations gathering in one place to get to and from business or family connections. Does God have His eye on each one of them? Is He mindful of their lives?
As I look at each face I imagine what their life may be, where they are headed, or what their family may be like. Based on their clothes, accent, or age I come to my own conclusions about them. Yet, I am quickly reminded that scripture is clear that ” man looks at the outer appearance, while God looks at the heart.” Even if my conclusions are not in any way critical, I still don’t really know their story or the condition of their heart like God does.
Being at the airport reminds me again and again how big and broad God’s view of us is; my world and context is so small! Being at the airport reminds me to try to see “other travelers” with Gods point of view and compassion. Perhaps you have a place you frequent where people regularly gather; school, Starbucks, church, or even a park. When you look around at the faces, think about how God might see them. It will change your perspective as it has mine.
Just something to consider on this blustery Sunday. 🙂