Catching Airplanes

By Steve Austin | faith

Feb 26

Ben Thomas and Lindsey were riding in the car the other night and he had his hand up to the window in a funny way.  When his Momma asked, “Whatcha doin’?”, BT replied, “I get the moon, Momma!”  He wanted to hold it.

He has one heck of an imagination for a 2 1/2 year old.

He was playing at the park with his Momma on Monday and this is what he started doing…


There was an airplane overhead, and he wanted to catch it.

There are days when I think I could hold the moon if I could just reach it. Or catch an airplane and fly to Costa Rica for dinner on the coast.  Ben Thomas reminds me of my buddy Dennis Gable and me.  We’re pretty big dreamers, and pretty big believers in our dreams, too.  Thankfully, we’re both blessed to be married to women who are patient with our wild-hair ideas and love us through the whole crazy process.

Here’s where I get stuck: I have all these ideas bouncing around in my head like the die in Popomatic Trouble, and every once in a while, I can’t stand it any more and go ahead and do Phase One of whatever project I am obsessing over at the time.

I’ve started:

  • A radio show.
  • A worship band.
  • A blog on beauty.
  • A blog for anonymous questions that you “aren’t supposed to ask”.
  • A book club.
  • A podcast.
  • Talked about starting another podcast.
  • Talked about starting a home church.

I have talked about and planned and started many things, several of which haven’t “stuck”.

But God…

God rejoices when we reach out to hold the moon, even if it’s a bit too far.

God is thrilled when we try to catch an airplane, even if the world tells us, “Get a balloon, kid.  That’s much more practical.”

God is quite a dreamer and inventor and we are His children, so why wouldn’t we dream and invent?

God loves dreamers!

Here’s a few of His words on the matter:

  • Psalm 145:6, “Do you think you can mess with the dreams of the poor?  You can’t, for God makes their dreams come true.”
  • Acts 2, “Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.”
  • Ephesians 3:20, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

I smile as I read these Scriptures again.  I hear God saying, “Your dreams are not your own.  Neither is your life.  They are mine.  They have always been mine and the more you commune with me, the more your dreams become like my dreams.  You dream the dreams I have for you.  Some of them “stick” and some of them don’t.  Maybe you jump the gun.  Maybe the idea is for someone else to pick up and run with.  Either way, your obedience in dreaming, vision-casting, creating, it’s all out of love for me.  And for that, I am proud.”

So dream!

Go ahead and dream!

Cast your vision!

Reach for the moon!

Catch an airplane and soar!  Allow the wind of God’s Holy Spirit to take you to place you could have never imagined for yourself.

Let your obedience and God’s whimsy take you higher than you could ever go alone!



“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Love it. Your buddy Denis Gable sounds like my kind of guy. I sit here, and wish I can grab a plane over to the US of A, and come and meet you in person. Yes, I have actually dreamt about that and plan on it happening, sooner, rather than later. 🙂
    I have been suppressing a dream of mine for the last 2 years, and this week revived it. This morning, after only my second day back as a blogger, I get a message from someone encouraging me to please carry on, and write more. I love how God works. He has been nudging me for quite some time now to get back into it, but there was always things in the way. When I finally get back into it, He encourages me almost immediately, since He knows how easily I can loose sight things, with my fickle mind.

    • Steve Austin says:

      Coenraad! I got your email today bro. Spent a couple hours at the doc this morning and am now at work until late.
      Dennis is a man’s man with a heart of gold…honest so much that it makes me cringe at times…and laugh uncontrollably at others….

      You been dreaming about me, Coenie? 😉 haha I love it! Bring it on! Sweet Home Alabama certainly isn’t South Africa, but I’d love to take a few days and show ya around!

      I’ve got to get over there and read your blog! I’m THRILLED about this! Our Abba is so sweet to give us a little nudge and send us out of the nest again.

      And you do NOT have a fickle mind. Don’t speak it! You have the mind of Christ, my friend!

      Much love,

  • Michael says:

    Thanks for the memory. I used to love to lay back into the back window of the car and watch things in view pass by or the road rush away…the lines part and rejoin. I also loved watching the moon chase us no matter how fast we moved. Those were the days!

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