Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time travelling . . . and one of the things I’ve discovered is that there is virtue in not trying to make active use of every moment one spends in a plane (or even in a train); but rather to spend at least part of the time simply doing nothing, perhaps looking out of the window, but most importantly of all being quiet, and giving God an opportunity to speak to you.
I’m not saying that He does that constantly : in my experience, at least, He doesn’t . . . but if you give Him a chance, there are times when you do get to hear something; and however trivial it might seem, it is beneficial. Indeed, I have found that simply looking at His creation from a height which allows you to see it all ‘in perspective’ means that you get an entirely different attitude to the world in which you live . . . which is a wonderful gift.
So; next time you’re flying – or even off on a train journey – give God a few moments to affect your mind . . . you won’t regret it if He does.
(I don’t, unfortunately, know where the picture came from; but I believe it to be of the
Himalayas . . . which really are that wonderful to view !)