flight to Paris – January 3, 2011

(I am heading to Paris, Beirut, and Syria on a trip with CBH, Christians Broadcasting Hope, and I am hoping to blog as much as possible while traveling.  I will try to include most of the experiences we encounter, although many personal reflections will probably creep in as well, but I hope you enjoy!  Also, I will be adding some photos to these blogs, although I will be posting all of them to my Facebook)

Sleep has been elusive from me tonight as I head to Paris.  I fought fitfully for the past several hours, and I have finally relented my quest for sleep before hitting the ground running tomorrow after we land at 6am.

For no apparent reason, I opened the blind and was taken aback by the brilliant stars shining back to me peeking through the tiny plane window.  And I was completely in awe of how close those stars seemed, as if I could touch them.  Then an even more beautiful sight – my gaze caught a graceful beam of light dancing across the sky – a falling star – sure it probably was just a dissolving space particle, but a falling star sounds much more magical, doesn’t it? ha

So with face firmly pressed to the small rectangle of glass, I found a way to block out most of the light from the inside of the plane (I’m sure to the amusement of the neighbor to my left).  Before I became fully committed to this impromptu star-gazing, naturally I began listening to ‘Stars’ by David Crowder on repeat (lyrics below).  And I became entranced with the sky, the song, and a prayer that arose out of this moment for more of Him – the awareness that even this is but the fringes – and perhaps I’m finally brave enough to pray for more – more of my God who has hemmed each of these stars in their place just as He has hemmed us in.

You should see the stars tonight
how they shimmer shine, so bright
against the black they look so white
coming down from such a height
to reach me now, reach me now

You should see the moon in the flight
cutting cross the misty night
softly dancin in sunshine
reflections of this light
reach me now, You reach me now

And how could such a thing
shine its light on me
and make everything beautiful again

And you should feel the sun in the spring
coming out after a rain
suddenly all is green
sunshine on everything
I can feel it now, I feel You now

And how could such a thing
shine its light on me
and make everything beautiful

And you should hear the angels sing
all gathered round their King
more beautiful than you could dream
I’ve been quietly listening
you can hear them now, I hear them now

And how could such a King
shine His light on me
and make everything beautiful
And I want to shine
I want to be light
I want to tell you it’ll be alright
and I want to shine and I want to fly
just to tell you now
It’ll be alright, it’ll be alright
it’ll be alright.

Cause I’ve got nothing of my own to give to you
but this light that shines on me shines on you
and makes everything beautiful, again.
It”ll be alright, it’ll be alright.

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