I knew that. However, I had the opportunity to experience that as I journeyed home from China some few years ago.
As the plane took off from Tokyo on the return trip from Beijing, China, to Detroit, USA, I felt that I was dying, though I couldn’t quite tell why. The University official who was seated beside me (we were on an “exchange” faculty-student mission to China), took one look at me, began taking my pulse and was disturbed. He called the stewardess, and there was some discussion about getting me to the nearest hospital.
It was very frightening to me to be feeling that ill, high above firm ground, staring at the possibility of a stay in some hospital half way around the world. I could hardly imagine telling a doctor who, in all probability, spoke some other language than English, what my complaint was.
I longed to be at home in Michigan. But Michigan was still half a day away!
Suddenly I remembered a psalm I had learned as a child, “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day after day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2 (KJV).
I began to repeat that psalm quietly to myself. And I thought – all of this is God’s – the heavens, the earth, China, the USA, me. Even here in this circumstance, God is omnipotent. As I kept repeating the psalm I felt surrounded by God’s love and power, and I was at peace.
Nowadays, whenever I get on a plane and feel anxious, I repeat to myself those verses from 3000 years ago, and they are of great comfort to me.
Joy James Williams