Up in the AirNaima Lett | Blog | Tuesday May 1 2012
DAILY DOSE OF HOPE – BLOG – NAIMA LETT
UP IN THE AIR
When you get this, I’ll likely still be “up in the air”.
Did you see that movie a couple of years ago with Academy Award winner George Clooney?
It really captured some of the challenges of life on the road, or in the air, rather.
Traveling frequently is not so bad… after we undress, re-dress and get our minds right for security.
And traveling on the red-eye is actually ideal. We load in, hit play on the pod, and knock out.
But that didn’t happen on a recent flight. My neighbor actually wanted to connect up in the air.
“So, what do you do?” he inquired.
“Sleep,” I thought, but didn’t say, as that would’ve been a little rude. OK, a lot rude.
“My husband and I have a production company, ministry and bible fellowship in Beverly Hills,” I actually said.
“Is that like, Christian?”
“The bible fellowship is non-denominational on inter-denominational, whichever you’d like to call it. Everybody’s welcome.”
“And what do you do?”
“I preach. I’m 1/2 way through my Doctorate in preaching…”
“Humph, I’ve got some questions.”
That’s how our conversation started. And for 2 1/2 hours, we talked theology and Bible. He had great questions and things he had been thinking about for quite some time. I consider myself a tour guide of sorts to help folks navigate around God’s Word, so I didn’t mind. Then, he looked at the time, decided he needed to get some rest, turned out his light and was sleep in 5 minutes.
But now, I was wide awake.
I chuckled to myself and pulled out my sudoku.
No need in getting upset. I was reminded of that passage in Hebrews in which the Biblical writer encourages us to love each other and extend kindness to strangers. Remember that one?
1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. ^3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
I’m pretty sure that the writer wasn’t imagining showing hospitality on a plane thousands of miles up in the air, but the concept is the same. We are to remember and do for others, up in the air or otherwise.
That’s what the movie was about. Making connections. Having human interaction.
Making time for one another.
The truth is that I could always get more rest later on.
I think about my brother and sister-in-law right now with my newborn nephew and the lack of sleep they may be experiencing. But they are doing what they have to do in shifts to meet his needs. That’s what we do for family. We could do the same for our extended human family as well. Shift to meet needs.
Just some things to ponder this week.
Hey, I’ll be in Dallas, doing some filming as well as ministry.
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. I’m ministering at the Hope Center for ProvenWay Ministries.
Dallas Fam, holler!
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