Most people don’t know I wanted be an airline pilot until my senior year of high school. I even started flight lessons. But then my life goals changed; my love for flying, though, has not.
Unfortunately, I don’t get to fly often, so when I do I get really excited. I also get nervous, particularly if I have not flown for awhile. The whole process feeds anxiousness: packing, security checkpoints, takeoff, plane changes, baggage claim.
To battle the anxiousness and nerves, I pick some albums and songs and psalms ahead of time to enjoy and meditate on during my travel experience. The verses help me remember God and his promises. The songs help me relax.
On a recent trip, I enjoyed my flight with the following Songs/Albums and Psalms. With summer here, maybe you can enjoy some of these, too:
This album came to mind while waiting in long security lines. Trip’s song Billion Years featuring Taylor Hill reminds me that I am waiting on The Lord’s return and to be patient. Clouds helped me to remember when flying through the clouds, that I can have goals and entrust them all to God, even when I can’t see what’s going on.
“…he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds…
God is controlling and using everything to glorify his name; even disturbing turbulence caused by violent winds.
The title says it all. While waiting in lines or hitting turbulence, I am reminded I do not have control over anything. I need to remember I can trust in God who is beyond my control. My lack of control in the whole travel experience is a safe place to be; I am drawn to only trust in God.
“For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
God is big–so is his love for me. If we could measure his love, it would extend beyond the heights of flight. While flying through rain clouds, I remember his “faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” I can look below from the window seat and remember “God’s glory is over all” of that. What a privilege to worship at such heights!
This downbeat, acoustic, old school-meets-new school track was a good shift in tempo compared to some of the songs on the previous albums mentioned. Specifically the lines in the song, “You’re brighter than the sun…Higher than the skies and all we see” was another great reminder at 37,000 feet that God is big.
What are some songs and psalms you are drawn to when traveling?