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God Who Is Above And Among

Every time we fly, I find my mind wandering to the same place; "Where are we now and what is going on beneath us?" At hundreds of miles an hour, our plane, with its own agenda and schedule, cruises right over cities and towns and homes where life is being lived, celebrations are being thrown, and grief is being walked through. It blows my mind that we could simultaneously be in the same place as so many different situations and yet never be touched with their weight. Beneath the clouds that surround us, farther than I could see, babies are being born and picnics are being indulged in, corporate ladders being climbed, and funerals being conducted, all while I sit and munch on my complimentary snack. Just me and a plane in the clouds, completely unaffected by anything beneath me.

My mind wanders to God. How sad to think that this distant and aerial view is how so many think of God. So high. Lofty even. Overseeing and overshadowing, but always distant. Not involved. Not near.

How thankful I am for a God who not only watches from above, but sent His Son to walk among. Among the villages, the people, the circumstances. To be touched with the feelings of our humanity; To hug the grieving, attend the weddings, feel the joy and the sorrow... to live under roofs and walk streets.

God above and God among. The perfect fulfillment of everything we could ever need in this life. God who sees each moment and also God who has felt each emotion. God who numbers our days and also God who knew what it felt to live life with a deadline.

High God and lowly man, all at once.

"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death…"-Psalms 102:18-20

And so when I fly I smile. I imagine how God must look down from His throne and watch all of humanity. How even with His omniscient bird's eye view, He is perfectly aware of every going on, and completely in tune with every soul, every hurt, every need, every prayer.

I’ll never grasp a power like His, but I can trust it. I have a God who sees me, who knows what it’s like to BE me… and I can find comfort in that knowledge.

Thank you God for not just being Jehovah Elyon, God most High, but for being Emmanuel. God with me. God FOR and AMONG His creation.

You keep on getting better,

Kate Foster

ARH Staff Writer

"Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly…” -Psalms 138:6

"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:6-7

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