If you’ve ever had the experience of going through turbulence, you’ll know it isn’t the most pleasant one. Whilst flying aboard for a family wedding I had the absolute joy of experiencing dips and shakes mid flight, which had me hanging on to the edge my seat as well as family. Now it probably wasn’t that bad compared to other turbulence situations but for me, it was a horrible feeling; one that I hadn’t really experienced before. Afterwards, it got me reflecting. Entertain me for a minute and place yourself in this scenario:
It’s been a while since you flew so you’re understandably a bit nervous. Take off is surprisingly smooth and the time after is pretty relaxed. The surroundings outside the window are stunningly beautiful, causing you to feel at ease and be in awe of God’s handywork.
The plane starts to wobble a bit – nothing too major. (Funnily enough at the time I was starting to write the beginnings of this blog post). Then there’s an abrupt dip that makes your stomach turn and turbulence sets in. You’re neither ready nor prepared so you let out a few quick squeals and ‘ooooo’s, and squeeze the hand rest of your seat and your neighbour’s hand. Everything within you is trying its uttermost best to cope without looking like a scaredy-cat and despite the fact you desperately want to get off this plane!
The turbulence ceases but you still feel the effects: queezy, dizzy, heart pummping fast. Following the stability comes an announcement from the pilot explaining that the shaking of the plane was caused by a jet stream, assuring that the plane will be out of its path as soon a possible. However before you can get over the physical effects of the previous episode, another one hits. This time luckily you’re better prepared with breathing control on deck but the experience is still not easy. It’s interesting that when faced with something unfamilar we have instinctive/gut reactions that cause us to act in unexpected ways.
At that point you’ve had enough and just really want to get of the plane, but you can’t. Why? It’s a super obvious one: because the plane still has to reach its destination. The pilot can’t just stop in the sky and let you out onto safe ground and if they did, your life and those of others are in grave danger.
That’s what it’s like in life. You’re travelling towards your goal and a jet stream, like unemployment or illness, hits you out of nowhere. You have no choice but to see it through if you want to reach your end point. The resulting turbulence may be vigorous or not but like a good pilot, persevere and fly through. At the end of it your emotions and body may be battered and bruised but you can look back and appreciate the learning curves going through turbulence, enjoying your destination.
Thanks for reading!