Cleared for Takeoff

Airplane Taking Off Over OceanI’m currently 37,000 feet in the air somewhere between Dallas and Chicago. I was supposed to go from Dallas to Houston to Chicago but Southwest had other plans for me. As they announced the cancellation of my flight I calmly gathered my things and shuffled to the front desk were I was informed I would now be going from Dallas to Kansas to Chicago and arriving 20 minutes later than my original flight.

*Side note* Isn’t it funny how a route you expect to be quicker tends to be a little longer? Going south to Houston then north to Chicago ended up being quicker than going North to Kansas then further North to Chicago, but I digress. 

For me, take off is the worst! During that time, I hear and feel every rattle, bump and movement. As we cruised to 10,000 feet and continued to slowly elevate I thought about life.

Take Off: As a Passenger-Take off is different for everyone. Some eagerly wait on the edge of their seats’ excited for the arrival to the promised destination, while others find themselves fearful due to anxiety or previous bad flights.

The Elevation: As the Co-Pilot- You reached 10,000 feet pretty quickly and as a Co-Pilot you may think it is okay to stay at this altitude. But, it’s not! Your pilot is pulling you higher. I’m sure it is scary moving through the clouds blind but trust your Pilot, your plane is built to soar higher than where you are now. Allow the Air Traffic Controller to guide you because you don’t want to collide into another plane hindering you and them from your destinations.

Cruise Control: As a Flight Attendant- This is the easy part of the ride. You are cruising along but don’t get to comfortable just because the fasten seat belt sign is off. How are you using your time? Are you working? Better preparing yourself? Serving others? Whatever you do don’t waste your time kicking back getting too distracted on electronics or starring out the window admiring all the little people you passed.

Landing: The Pilot- It’s now time for you to exit this season. How have you prepared yourself? You control this thing and you’ve been granted permission to land. Mouths are shut and eyes are on you. Will it be a bumpy landing or a smooth transition? What are the conditions like outside and how can you adjust to still make it out unharmed? Don’t get too anxious, coming down too quickly and missing your mark. Be patient, if you must circle around while others land, trust that you’ll be up next, soon.

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 The Message Bible)

Dear Daddy,

Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can and wisdom to know the difference. Allow us to find joy and peace in every season of our lives and be anxious for nothing; not allowing tomorrow’s worries to live in today. We ask for our wings to fly free of things pinning us to the ground and as we sour closer to You to be made more in Your likeness. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take flight boldly and live free. Take off can be a little shaky but if you close your eyes and put your faith in your Pilot you will find peace. Elevation can be tough because you don’t know where you are going but just listen to the voice in your head guiding you. Make sure you don’t get too comfortable while cruising, you never know when it’ll be time to land. And landing is a skill to be mastered. Be graceful. Read conditions. There are pros and cons to every season but live for the pros and feel free to move about the cabin. 

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Stay In Your Season


Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

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  1. Oh this so touched me this afternoon. I just absolutely love your words and how you tie them to everyday experiences. It makes a lot of sense common person like me. This touched me and I am a huge fan of expression by words. So beautifully put. Great job! Dene is my cousin, whom I could not me be so very proud of. She has gone far beyond my thoughts with her success. I look up to you cousin. I’ll feed from your strength and prayers. Know that you make a difference…

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