Halfway into our flight. I'm sitting across the aisle from Katie and she is fast asleep. Our plane is full of two very different groups of people: a high school physics class, supposedly measuring every thing the plane does with "stop watches and flexostatic-spectrostatic-girder-chro-mometers" (or whatever the captain said over the intercom), and a sizable group of people in cheap suits that are clearly headed to a multi-level-marketing convention of some sort. THE golden child prodigy is sitting directly in front of Katie-- I heard the team leader tell several people that Erick is only 22, and he has already achieved Platinum Status with three eagle legs and a 4500 something...I can't take my eyes off of him Trinity...I believe he is the one...
The team leader is sitting behind me and before we took off he was leaving a mass group voicemail. He said the words "growing", "success", "intentional, "exciting" and a myriad of other buzzwords so many times I could not count them (not to mention each of those buzzwords preceded by "You're part of something..."). Man, I need to develop some exciting buzzwords. I either want to be a team leader sending mass voicemails, or at least be on a team where a leader is sending confident, type-a voicemails. Maybe Katie and I will sign up with these guys in the luggage claim area. Maybe I will be one of legs under The One.
I have been staring at the phone that is so nicely anchored in the seat back in front of me for the last hour and thinking about the phone in terms of accessibility. The phone is right in front of virtually everyone on the plane (everyone in the middle seat at least, and no further reach than changing the track on your car stereo for every other passenger). It is well lit, comes complete with clear instructions for use, and is so well integrated that you can access the phone by using a variety of payment options. Yet, not one person on this plane is using them (thank God!!). In fact, I can only recall one time in my life that I have ever seen anybody use the "airplane phone".
The fact is, the phone is completely inaccessible. The prices are so astronomical that the phone is either outside everyone's reach, or past the boundaries of asinine for those that can afford it. Perhaps it is because I only got 1.5 hr of sleep last night combined with the fact that I worked at 4.30 this morning, but this concept of the inaccessibility of those things which are, on the surface, completely accessible, has gotten me thinking about many of the things that we are called to embody as a church.