August 29, 2018
A View to Remember
By Rev. Heather Webb
From Psalm 139
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
For as long as I can remember, I have been afraid of heights. I don’t like roller coasters or rock climbing and I would never go skydiving. However, despite my fear of heights, I have, with God’s help, lived atop high mountain peaks and flown across the world several times. I have even learned to love gazing out of an airplane window as I am captivated by the up-close abundance of billowy white clouds and the infinite blue sky outside.
While the scenery beside an airplane is beautiful in its own right, I confess that I am more fascinated by the view below. Buildings, houses, and cars seem so small and insignificant when viewed from the air. When flying at night, the plane’s distance from the ground reduces even the brightest city lights to tiny clusters of shimmering sequins that randomly dot an expanse of black. Large mountains, canyons, and rivers become shadowy indentions and ripples that merely interrupt the regularity of the terrain below.
My thoughts usually turn to the people on the ground when I gaze at the miniature size of things below. Sometimes I even find myself asking questions. Who is driving that tiny car? What stories would the family in that minuscule house have to tell? What troubles do the people in that distant city struggle with each day? While the responses to these questions remain a mystery to me, God knows the answers!
When I stop to consider God’s all-encompassing view of humanity, I am reminded that God does more than see us all at once. He knows each of us in intricate detail and lovingly calls each of us by name. Moreover, the enormity of God’s love constantly surrounds us, gently sustains us, and faithfully guides us every day. Indeed, no matter where we are or what we are doing, God not only sees us but He is present with us in all of life’s circumstances.
As we begin this new season of ministry together, my prayer for the Children and Families at Second-Ponce is that God will continually remind us that He sees us, knows us, and is with us always. May we all experience His presence and peace daily as we seek to show and share His love with the people around us in new and fresh ways. In a busy and fast paced world where time is a precious commodity, may we rest, as children of the living God, secure in His knowledge of us, His love for us, and His presence with us always! Amen.
Psalm 139: 1-18, 23-24
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.