I had to fly to Houston this week and since I live in a rural area I took a puddle-jumper to San Francisco. As we flew North, I watched the full moon set over the Pacific in the pre-dawn hours from my window on the little plane.
I actually enjoy flying and often choose a window seat. I looked out over the landscape and saw a bright line of cars snaking along the freeway in the grayish light. I could see around the hill where the traffic got a little clearer and thought of how wonderful it would be for those drivers to be able to see around the bend.
Obviously, my perspective on the plane gave me the ability to see so much more than those on the ground. I looked ahead and saw the coastline drawing a beautiful sweeping arc northward. The cars on the freeway couldn’t see over the mountains, even though they were so close to the lovely scene.
I began thinking about how much I enjoy looking down at scenes from the heights, whether on a mountain top or from a plane. I love floor plans and doll houses for the same reason.
It’s all about perspective. As we descended toward the San Francisco airport, it almost looked like we were going to land on the bay. Even from my vantage point above the ground, yet inside the cabin, I realized I still had limited vision. The pilot could see ahead to the runway despite the water below us, and was in communication with the control tower. He had greater information than I did.
This triggered a recollection of something I had written years ago about flying, but had somehow lost track of. Once we landed, I had a 3 hour layover, so I found a comfy spot in the airport food court as I awaited my next flight. I watched people, enjoyed a muffin and a cup of decaf coffee (caffeine doesn’t like me.)
I decided to try to capture the gist of what I’d written a long time ago. I realized that when I stepped onto the little airplane that I had actually stepped into a different realm. At first it just seemed like normal. Once we took off something happened inside that cabin which I still marvel at even after many flights.
The law of lift had superseded the law of gravity. Strangely however when I dropped something on the plane the law of gravity still had sway over everything but when we lifted off we were actually in a completely different atmosphere. The immediate surroundings still revealed gravity’s influence, but the plane itself had just defied the natural law.
If I were to jump up inside this realm of the lifted plane, I’d still come back down quickly. So, even though we were flying thousands of feet above the ground, gravity still had impact on us. But, in actuality, we had been transferred into a supernatural realm as soon as the plane took off.
If I were to stupidly decide to try to open the door to the plane and step off of it, then the full effect of gravity would again have its impact. It would take over and I would splatter on the earth below; an impact I’m not interested in experiencing.
Thankfully I understand that inside the airplane cabin I am protected from the law of gravity on the plane as a whole. Even though I still experienced its law when I dropped my pen, I’m really in a kind of supernatural bubble. Fascinating!
As I pondered these things, I realized God was showing me a spiritual principle I think we can learn from today. When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, we are immediately transferred to the kingdom of light out of the kingdom of darkness.
It’s like stepping into the airplane cabin. Once we have done that, we are completely protected from the effects of eternal death and now walk in new life. The condition is indisputable. It’s past tense. Once in this realm we can ascend into the heavenly atmosphere just like the plane rises into the air.
Believers are granted the ability, in the Spirit, to rise above the normal life below us in the natural. We can begin to see from a viewpoint not even available to those who are in the flesh.
I also realized that inside the plane, I could still participate in all the normal activities of life without hindrance, unless, perhaps the seat belt sign was lit up!
But I was in a realm protected from the effects of the exterior atmosphere. Crystals had formed on the outside of the plane window as we reached cruising altitude. As long as I stayed inside the cabin, I was still warm and felt no wind or cold even though those things raged outside.
The thought occurred to me that once we are inside our new supernatural heavenly realm, but still in this flesh, we are protected from the harshness of the natural world around us.
We still feel some of the effects but we are not really subject to what goes on outside of this bubble in the Spirit. Naturally speaking, we still go about all our daily activities just like those who aren’t saved, but we are completely enveloped in a new spiritual realm.
As long as we don’t step outside of this place we can rise above every circumstance and see clearly what’s ahead. The Holy Spirit gives us new eyes and a new perspective; a godly one.
As we had descended down towards the airport to land, there was some fog and it looked a little chilly. But I didn’t have to even concern myself with that at all because I was safe inside the plane.
We went through a cloud and experienced a little bit of turbulence but it was over very quickly because our destination was only a few yards away.
I was starting to understand that because of our new position in Christ, we can see farther ahead and can recognize obstacles and ways around those obstacles. Like seeing the line of white car lights that looks like illuminated ants on a trail, we are able to get a heavenly perspective to navigate difficult circumstances. We also have direct communication with our ‘Control Tower’ in Christ, no matter what dark clouds we must go through.
Spiritually speaking, we will still be somewhat affected by the reality of the natural world around us but because our destiny is set and established by the Lord, we don’t have to endure those effects for very long.
Most of you probably know that our destination is the full inheritance of the kingdom of heaven. So just like the plane going through the cloud, we can pass through whatever threatens us or tries to hinder us.
The natural laws of life may affect us, but the supernatural laws can supersede them. This is how we can face whatever the enemy throws at us. Regardless of how real it is, we have to understand that in actuality, we are not of this world.
The moment you step off a flying plane you’re again subject to the full effect of gravity and the earthly atmosphere. Please just don’t do that at 10,000 or 30,000 feet, though.
Spiritually, we need to make sure we stay in the heavenly mindset in order to navigate with our supernatural protection and perspective. This is the only way we can experience the spiritual realm exerting it’s laws over the natural. This takes faith.
I believe this is what the Lord wants us to grasp from this experience. Our mindset has to be so transformed by the fact that we are not subject to all the same laws of the natural realm any longer.
We operate in this other atmosphere where loss, lack, pain, sickness and even death can’t truly affect us the same way anymore, at least not for very long.
Yes, we may feel some of the effects but we walk as overcomers. I challenge you to try putting on this new mindset. The next time you face a trial, see if you can get your mind into the realm of the Spirit as if you had just stepped onto a plane.
As you allow yourself to be lifted above the natural circumstances into the protection of the heavenly, you will be able to set your mind and focus on the truth of the kingdom you really belong to.
This is what it means to walk in the Spirit. This transformation is crucial if we are to live effectively in the world but still not be of it. Nothing that happens to us inside the spiritual realm can overtake us if we see it like being on the plane where the law of gravity is superseded by the law of lift.
Galatians 5:16-18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
Always in Jesus,
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