Life Lessons

My 10 minutes of turbulence


I love flying. I love the exhilaration of the takeoff as the airplane picks up speed on the runway and then fluidly lifts into the air. I love the landing with the rush down the runway. I love looking out the window (I’m a window seat girl!) at the clouds that look like soft cotton wool or the cities below when it is night and they twinkle with lights like diamonds on black velvet.

But what I do not like is the turbulence. The shuddering of the plane, the bouncing up and down, the cancelled tea service! Even if I’m asleep I jolt awake and “endure” it till it is over. My niece – well, she thinks it is like being on a rollercoaster. Awesome apparently. Needless to say I don’t like rollercoasters either. So that analogy doesn’t do me any good. Unfortunately and inevitably on most flights there’s a little bit of turbulence or as on my most recent flight a good hour of it as we circumvented a cyclone. Once you’re on the plane it’s unavoidable, you just have to get through it as much as the plane has to fly through it!

Life is rather like being on a plane sometimes. There’s the fun of travelling through life, the bonuses (upgrades! Why yes thank you!), and then there’s the turbulence. Those things you have to somehow get through. Stresses at work, unexpected bills or health issues. Or like me an impending, unwanted Dentist visit, that was starting to give me panic attacks. That is until my sister said, “I guess this is your ten minutes of turbulence”. Quite insightful really. It’s not really that big of an issue when you view like that.

So yes, I’ll get into that dentist chair and soon enough I’ll be back to enjoying life and that “turbulence” will be over.

Corinthians puts it all in perspective too – “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)


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