Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "I Waited For The Lord My God"1 (Lyrics)
I have an artist friend who paints glorious landscapes in amazing detail. His depictions of the Atlantic waves breaking themselves on the rocky shores of Newfoundland, or the gentle slap of fresh water on the burnished, burnt rocks of Georgian Bay, are so alive with movement and glinting sunlight on the water, I feel as if I am there, wind whipping my face and hair, the sun's warmth browning my skin. He is able to obtain the photographic images by which he works with the skillful use of a drone, able to fly offshore in wild seas that would smash any watercraft, and skim the surface of Georgian Bay's lovely surface as a wide-winged bird, scanning the bent trees and golden boulders.
The drone's ability to go to inaccessible places and see the otherwise unseen reminds me that God doesn't need a drone to see us, wherever we may go.
Psalm 139:7-12 – Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night", even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (ESV)
Is it hard to picture our God as being all-present, with no little corner of the world which He cannot see? The psalmist David tells how God's knowledge is far above our grasp. Without limit, His kingship spreads to the whole universe. As a wind of power, like those roaring off the Atlantic, God's Spirit is shown as an essential face of His being and presence. To soar to the heavens is to perceive His glory, to swoop to the grave is to see His justice, and to travel all the earth is to experience His presence everywhere.
The imagery of a winged morning is a celebration of light's expanse and speed, filling the sky from utter east to final west. Yet not even the awesome speed of light can outrun our God's presence and understanding. How wonderful it is that wherever we are, His hand leads us and holds us.
Romans 8:38a,39 – For I am sure that neither death nor life … nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
When we feel far from our God, as if He can't see us or know us from afar, let us take comfort in the wonderful poetry of Psalm 139. He needs no drone to see us in our busy lives, for He is near and understands us completely. Let us draw close to Him and not fear the darkness, for His hand will lead us and His right hand shall hold us.
Prayer: Be near us, O Lord, in our darkness. Lift us up to see You in glory, and show us the expanse of Your earth and heavens, in which You are always present. Light our lives with the knowledge that You will lead us and hold us in Your hand. Amen.