Out the Window
Mar 04, 2009 by Dave Condit | 2 Comments
I'm almost ashamed to admit how I picked my job. I'd like to say I prayerfully considered how God's will intersected with my talents such that my work might glorify Him and serve others. That sounds really good for someone who is in seminary or is thinking about seminary or has graduated from seminary. The reality is that I chose my profession because I like to look out the window. It's as simple as that. I fly airplanes, and I love it because I get to look out the window for a living. While I can't advocate my career planning methods, I can say I've learned something about God from my experience.
I've spent many hours cruising over the world; I've seen some amazing things. I've flown over green valleys, harsh deserts, and towering granite. I've watched herds of antelope sprint across plains and ducked beneath soaring eagles as they coasted on warm winds. I've zigged and zagged through imaginary mazes formed by billowing clouds. I had my heart nearly stop as I watched the sun set over an endless ocean.
Accumulating all these images, I realized something about what I was seeing. I could not help but see God out the window. God created all we see, and He is clearly seen. "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." (Rom 1:20, NAU). The reason I like looking out the window is because I like to see God.
We are surrounded by God's creation and yet we so rarely think of the connection to the creator. I've never felt any desire to worship creation, but I just can't help being drawn to it. I love to fly and climb and hike and hunt and explore. As I grow and learn, I want to continue to find ways to integrate what God has made with what God will do with me. When I eventually finish at Denver Seminary, I plan to use a little more wisdom and prayer to choose my path. I don't know where it will lead, but I know for sure my ministry will have a window.
Take a look out the window. You may not see a stunning sunset from where you sit. You may only see a leafless tree, some dormant grass or a pale sky, but look closer. Look at the details and imagine what it took to create the image you see. You'll see God. It all points to Him.