I saw an older gentleman relaxing in the park, flying a remote control airplane. It was clear that he wasn’t physically able to do the things he could when he was younger. But, he looked totally empowered as he flew his plane.
When I looked at his face, it was almost as if he were in the plane himself. He wasn’t smiling…he looked serious but relaxed. It seemed at the time that there was no where else he would rather be. His hands looked strong and as if they have done their fair share of hard work, but he delicately worked the controls with expert precision…while his eyes were fixed towards the sky.
I don’t know his past…what was going on in his life at the time…or what he had to face later in the day. But, it was clear that he had achieved a moment of peace, serenity and joy with his remote control plane. It was as if he was in the park all by himself. It was obvious that his plane was a mental…emotional…and even spiritual ‘get away’ for him.
But, he wasn’t alone…Most people in the park stopped to look as he skillfully navigated his plane through the sky. They seemed to enjoy watching it too…I know I did.
His moment reminded me of prayer. Psalm 16:11 describes the feeling we should get when we have found that moment of peace, serenity and joy while we are praying to God.
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Prayer should take us to and beyond where the plane took that gentleman. No matter what’s going on in our lives…when we approach prayer as God intended…a personal, intimate moment with our Father, it becomes our mental, emotional and spiritual get away.
Nurture and develop your prayer life to be your personal escape from the world. Like that man in the park…
Just because you can’t FLY doesn’t mean you can’t touch the SKY.