My husband and I just made our plane reservations for Washington DC to visit our son who is in the area training for a new job.
We rarely fly first class. We neither have the miles or the money to throw away on such luxury. With that being said, hubby and I did fly business class to Europe once. I have to admit, we thought we done died and gone to heaven. Praise Jesus!
Did you know they have pods in heaven complete with plug-ins for your mobile devices?
And of course I have a picture or two to prove it.
Normally I’m on the wrong side of the sacred curtain which separates the pretzel and water people from the plated food, fine-airline-wine people.
It’s always annoyed me how the flight attendant yanks the curtain shut to keep us economy commoners from seeing what’s going on up there.
Forgive me, I know it’s their job (the keepers of the cabin) but it still irks me.
The last time I flew it was it was in the afternoon. I remember this because I sat behind a lady who was clearly hypoglycemic. She asked the flight attendant if she could have some of those yummy biscotti cookies—the ones that will put you in a sugar coma in a heartbeat. The flight attendant smiled ever so politely and told the glucose-deprived lady that those cookies are only served in the morning (with the “so there” glare again). With a sullen look on her face, sugar lady settled for pretzels and a ginger-ale.
A few minutes later I got up and walked to the closest bathroom which was in first class. And do you know what they were serving up there? Yes! I have you know it was the same cookies my fellow sojourner in economy class was denied. Not only were they serving the cookies but also a multiple choice of candy bars and popcorn for heaven’s sake! A divine trio of sweet, salty and chocolate. Glory!
Flying the friendly skies is a bit like flying in a mini society. It’s ironic really that the airlines industry is no different from the rest of the world. It’s no more than a caste system.
The haves and the have-nots.
If you or the business you represent have a little more to pay, you can go from a peanut-eating nobody, to a plated-dinner somebody. Pauper to prince with the swipe of a magical boarding pass.
There is definitely a difference between the way the coach folks are treated from those with a pass for first class.
It’s as if being seated beyond the curtain suddenly makes you an heir to the throne, gives you celebrity status or enables you sit at the right hand of God.
Oh but God…
In his divine wisdom He sent Jesus, to show us a better way. Who, with his death, ripped in two the very curtain which separates us from the very best.
His best which is meant for all people.
The Bible makes it very clear that God doesn’t show favoritism with us and we shouldn’t discriminate against others.
James 2:1 says, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become the judges with evil thoughts?”
And when I get in those first class places, sometimes I’m as guilty as the person pulling the curtain shut.
Friends, God doesn’t shut His heart off from us so may we live by His example with open hearts to one another.
Please Lord, help me live by your example.
Because with Jesus my ticket and yours is stamped first class everyday of the week. Amen.
“There is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” Romans 10:12
Note to self: I will humbly take an upgrade on my next flight if offered!
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.