I almost always get a window seat.
The process of getting the seat you want on an airplane has changed. Instead of just sitting where the airline determines, you now have greater opportunities to choose where we will spend your flight, with on-line early check-ins, etc.
Most of those who choose the window seat are first time or very infrequent fliers. They want to see what is below them as they soar above cities or barren landscapes. This can create a pretty great experience for you on your first flight. But after a number of flights it can lose some of its’ appeal.
Most frequent fliers tend to choose aisle seats so they can either have a quicker exit from the plane, to leave the airport or get to their connecting flight, or they choose the aisle seat because it feels like there is more room and is less restrictive.
Airplane seats are made for average people of which there aren’t any…but I digress.
I choose the window seat not because I like seeing landscapes below, which becomes irrelevant when you climb above the clouds, but because once I get settled on a flight I like remaining there. In the aisle there is no guarantee of that. In the window seat I can at least determine if I am going to be interrupted or not.
My experience sitting by the window caused some different thoughts this week.
When you go high enough you are given a different perspective. On what was a cloudy, partially raining day at ground level, became a very different view as we climbed above the clouds.
On the other side of the clouds the sun was shining. The fluffy, white, pillow like clouds provided a much different perspective on what this day was like.
Perspective created two different senses of reality.
Both are correct, but both are not complete.
I can’t help but think we have become accustomed to living in our own reality without much regard to anyone else’s.
It is narcissistic in many ways. Self focused, self absorbed, and so on.
I find this especially to be true when we believe our perspective is reality.
No other perspective can even be considered because we have determined we know best.
The thing is we can’t see above or below the clouds at the same time – we only see what we are able to see. Which means our understanding of life can be an incomplete picture.
This explains a lot.
We could try and be in the middle of the two to gain a better perspective of both sides of the clouds. However, when that happens this is what we get. We can’t really see either side let alone have any clarity. We don’t see more than what is right in front of us which isn’t much.
God however, sees differently that we do.
We read this,
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8–9 (NLT)
What we become aware of is God’s perspective is different than ours. And the part which is so different is that He sees clearly. He sees both sides simultaneously. His perspective is complete.
And because it is there is more understanding of the seemingly complex nature of life.
When we are sure that our view is always right it is like we are on one side or the other. But as soon as we loose some of that certainty we end up inside the cloud where we struggle to see very much.
Ideally we want the clouds to disappear so we can have a clear view of everything. But for that to happen we need to remember that our view is not always complete. For it to be complete we need to listen to the One who’s thoughts and ways are above ours.
If that happens we will then be at the place where our view can become clearer. Not because of what we see – above or below the clouds, but because we are connected to the One who sees it all.
A complete understanding of life requires more than what we see on our own.