You Are There

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This past Sunday morning on my way to church, I saw a hot air balloon in the distance.

I quickly got my camera out and began to photograph this simple marvel of flight, floating along above the lake.

When I came home from church, I looked online at a social media site.

There, I read that the parents of one of my son’s good friends were celebrating their anniversary by taking a hot air balloon ride.

As it turns out, I actually knew who was in the basket under the balloon!

Although I am not sure where they traveled, I do know one thing—God was with them.

In fact, no matter where they could’ve gone, He would have been there.

We cannot ever leave His presence.

Psalm 139:7-10 reads,

 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.

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He Who Forms Mountains and Creates the Wind

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Driving around the town one morning, my husband and I noticed a windmill placed on top of a home in a residential area.

That’s not a common thing to see…..

It was obviously very important in someone’s mind.

There was no doubt that day which direction the wind was blowing.

God has created all things.

Amos 4:13 reads,

For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The LORD God of hosts is His name.

What would it be like if we were as obedient to God as the windmill is to the blowing of the wind?

Whatever way the air is moving, the windmill responds.

It never decides, “I don’t want to move that way.”

This direction—-that direction—-it’s all up to the wind to decide.

This direction—-that direction—-shouldn’t it all be up to God to decide for you?

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A New Day

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The rain poured down for several minutes while we were preparing dinner.

Our family had decided to work together to make the evening meal.

When I had finished eating, I could tell that it was no longer as dark outside as it had been.

An orange glow was in the sky, making the grass a vivid, emerald color.

Taking my camera with me, I ventured out into the street to see the sunset after such a long rain.

Reaching the open space away from the trees, I was enveloped in color.

Looking all around me, I didn’t want to miss any part of the spherical canvas that was ablaze with light.

I took several pictures, focusing on different parts of the sky.

The rain was gone.

Although night was approaching, the setting sun sent a silent invitation to tomorrow’s dawn.

A new day.

 

In the New Testament, we find the account of the birth of John the Baptist.

God had planned for him to go ahead of Jesus, preparing the way for Him in speaking to the people.

When John was born, his father, Zechariah, prophesied about him:

“You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way.  You will make his people know that they can be saved through the forgiveness of their sins. A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.

—Luke 1:76-78

 

A new day.

A new forever.

Jesus was coming, destined to pay for our sins on the cross so that we could be saved from destruction.

The day of Jesus’ birth did occur, and the new day dawned, just as God intended.

We live in the new day right now.

This very moment—

 

Because God is loving and merciful.

 

 

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