For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

I Don’t Like to Fly



I remember my first flight. I was 21 years old, travelling to Kalamazoo, MI. All of my senses were screaming DANGER! I was scared of every sound, sight and smell. The whole process was new. I don’t even think I’d ever been inside an airport before. On the plane, I paid close attention to every instruction. I made sure my seatbelt was securely fastened. I reviewed the safety card several times before the plane took off to be sure I was familiar with what I should do in case of an emergency. I looked for the exit signs and my nearest exit point. I was ready. I prayed so hard on that flight, and I wasn’t even a Christian at the time! I made it through the first leg of the trip without the use of “the bag”.

Well, the second half of the trip was a different story. It was a short hop from Detroit to Kalamazoo, so guess what I got to fly in? You guessed it! This little prop plane was so small! I think they gave everyone a “bag” as we entered the plane! It was a terrible experience, and all I could think of once we landed was, “I have to do this again to go home!”

My second flight was wonderful! I flew in a big jumbo jet to Jamaica! It was a smooth ride, “no worries mon!”

Boredom and Avoidance

I guess you could say I’m a seasoned flier now, not because I enjoy it so much as I’ve flown lots of places now. My fear and anxiety is now replaced with boredom and avoidance. I think I know it all. I don’t need to listen so attentively to the in-flight safety instructions because I can probably chime in with the flight attendant and recite them myself.  I say to myself, “How much time will I really have to use the oxygen mask and flotation device”? “What good will it really do? If something happens to the airplane, I’ll probably die anyway.”

So now, rather than listen intently to this vital information, I avoid the lecture. I talk to the kids, go to the washroom, gather my reading material, flip through the magazines, and so on. This part of the trip is boring compared to what’s to come! What I’m really excited about is accompanying my husband on a trip, or visiting family, or going on vacation. That’s what I’m looking forward to–getting there, wherever “there” is.


I still don’t like flying. I’m still nervous sitting in my seat waiting for the plane to take off. Often, I’ll pray and read the Psalms to calm my heart and mind, and to remember that God is sovereign over all things. I remember that my life is just a vapor, and the Lord can take it at any time, plane or no plane. I remember that real life begins when this physical one ends. To see the Savior face to face and worship Him unhindered by sin…O the bliss of that glorious thought!

Irony/Strange Dynamic

The fear still rises up on almost every flight, but oddly enough, I continually find myself disengaged with the vitally important, life-saving safety information. Complacency and inattentiveness sets in. You’d think with my fears, I’d pay more attention!

This dynamic is not just limited to flying. How many times have I avoided the “vitally important, life-saving” Word of Life, finding portions of God’s Word boring, being inattentive to the voice of God? How often have I approached the Word with too much familiarity (call it pride), thinking “I’ve read this so many times, I don’t need to read it or study it again”?

Lord, help me to approach your Word with a fresh awareness of my need. Help me to realize that salvation is by your Word, that you protect and rebuke and encourage by your Word, that you speak to me through your Word–every time I open it!

You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
Psalm 119:114

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

4 thoughts on “I Don’t Like to Fly

  1. Kristie,

    We got this in service Sunday, and it applies here.

    F – alse
    E -vidence
    A -ppearing
    R -eal

    I struggle with fear off and on. It is typically in unique ways, where fear doesn’t seem to be the culprit. My reminders are: Who is the source of my salvation! & Whose wonderous works deliver me daily!

    Good Word.

  2. Aggh! That face! It’d be a lot easier to fly if Delta got a new face and voice on their safety video.

    Blessings as you go.

  3. Pingback: What I Like About Airplanes « Convinced

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