As I watched several children on the fifteen-hour flight, I realized that I was jealous. While very behaved, they were clearly having fun! Most people would not see a flight from Los Angeles to Singapore as an opportunity to play, but they did. Each knew who was protecting them. They were reveling in the safety of not having to worry about what came next. In that knowledge, they were exploring, experiencing, and sharing their excitement with anyone willing to take the time to interact.
It was wonderful!
Rough weather did not distract them. One looked as though he was took pretending to ride an imaginary horse. Another enjoyed every opportunity for a fresh drink or new snack. A third loved the attention of having someone make their bed, check up on them regularly, and respond to their wish.
Each kid in her or his way reminded me of what it is like to be alive. Life’s distractions do not need to deter us from our path. Life’s obstacles can be new adventures with opportunities for more. Whatever happens, it is all part of a great story that we are a part of.
As I sit with a tropical breeze and a new morning, I find myself with the invitation left by the kids. In their voice, I hear Paul’s intent. “All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.” (1 Corinthians 7.35)
The moment at hand is an opportunity for you and I to live. Whatever we left behind or are going to is the past or present. Now is our invitation to engage and be alive.
The challenges and difficulties around us can be vehicles to making a difference and doing more. If turbulence is a wild horse ride, today’s hassles can be something even better.
Following one’s desire is a great way to be alive. Desire is a bridge between our souls and those around us, between our hearts and God.