There are two different kinds of “flying people.”

There are those who smile with glee and sit on their hands to prevent from clapping over the adventure of it all, and then there are those whose knuckles turn white while gripping the awkwardly small armrests.

I am very much a member of the first group.

I’ve heard people talk about how they’re terrified of take off or how they get nervous when the landing gear comes down. I’ve heard the steady breathing in and out and in again. I’ve seen the wide eyes and the look of panic when the nose of the plane first reaches toward the sky.

But I’m not one of those people.

There’s something magical, something so This Shouldn’t Be Possible about being up in the air, suspended between heaven and earth, going in and through the clouds. And here’s what I’ve found to be true of both people groups: we all love the in between. After the seat belt sign turns off and, if the weather permits, we can look out all the finger-smudged windows and simply sit in awe of the view.

Tiny little cars with practically minuscule people driving them. We go further up and it’s just us and the puffy, cotton candy clouds.

There’s a reason the windows are always smudged with finger prints. We’re awestruck with the in-between of the adventure.

But the take off? The beginning that holds so many uncertainties? The moment of both panic and trust as you buckle up and allow a stranger to take you up into the clouds, relying on his or her ability to help you safely come back down? A lot of us aren’t a big fan of the start.

And then the landing… sometimes smooth and gliding over the pavement, sometimes rough and bumpy and everyone’s thinking it – “please just get me out of here and onto solid ground again.” We’re pushed back against the seat from the sheer force of taking off or slowing down to a full stop.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without boards. // Free printable

It’s not too different from how many of us live our lives, really. We like the adventure and the in-between but change and beginnings are intimidating, scary, and new. Even when we can anticipate what’s coming there are still things up in the air {no pun intended}.

I know it because I’ve lived it. I’m living it now, actually. May 16th, 2015 was the day I closed the page on my college career, walked across a stage, turned back in my cap and gown and entered into “the real world” as a . It’s a new beginning and although I know some of what’s coming, there are things I can’t fully anticipate and then other things that take me completely be surprise.

Others have gone before. Others have done this. Others have been just fine. And so yes, I will be (you will be), too. But this is my adventure, my journey, and the nose of the plane is reaching toward the sky.

Certainly, I’m in no position to offer great wisdom on how to seamlessly transition into adulthood. But as the plane is tipping upward and the adventure begins – whatever your adventure or change may be – here is what I’m finding to be true:

1. Situations may change but He remains the same.

God is still God and He is still good no matter my circumstances. God will remain the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I may not know what tomorrow will hold, but I know the One who holds it. And so yes, we can be okay. We will be okay.

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