Through the Sky

I can’t get over the sky.
Literally.

It reminds me of that childhood song, the one about the bear hunt – “We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we have to go through it!” How do you “go through” the sky? What would you see? For me, the sky reminds of something much more than a bear hunt.

img_9242First, look up and survey the sky – dawn, day, evening and night. See its colours, its shifting clouds, its shrinking and expanding. Some days, we are enclosed by straight grey, but after the rain, the clouds change shape. They wistfully float, draw pictures in the sky, and settle down to frame the blue. We see fire in the sky as the sun sets, and the most beautifully coloured palette at dusk. At night, the moon spins a tunnel of light through the clouds which separate to give us a peak into outer space. There, the stars twinkle their mysteries, and planets we have not even explored beam down at us. All this happens day and night, yet often without us knowing as we focus on the things we have to do in life.

[Psalm 19:1-4] – “The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork,
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth.
And their words to the end of the world…”

Reach up to the clouds. Can you touch them from the ground? My arm is not long enough, and neither is yours. We might fly in a plane, or sky dive through them, but when our feet are on earth, we cannot grasp the clouds in the sky. Yet, there is someone who can reach from earth into the heavens – His lovingkindness, His love, His righteousness, His faithfulness.

[Psalm 36:5] – “Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

 

[Psalm 71:19] – “Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like you?”

 What lies in the skies, that God would stretch out His lovingkindness, His love, His righteousness, His faithfulness to there? He tells us – it is the door of heaven, His mercy and His strength.

[Psalm 78.23-24] – “Yet He had commanded the clouds above,
And opened the doors of heaven,
Had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them the bread of heaven…”

 

[Psalm 68:33-34] – “To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.”

photo-13The door to heaven, the bread of heaven, the face of God who is in heaven. He continues His lovingkindness to us in order to help us reach into the heavens of His revelation. When I “go through” the sky, when I acknowledge its grandeur, I find myself gazing into the loveliness of God. I can’t get over the sky, and I can’t get over God. His majesty inspires my worship day after day, and night after night. So, I have this old song that I am reminded of:

“When I look into Your holiness
When I gaze into Your loveliness
When all things that surround become shadows
In the light of you.

When I’ve found the joy of reaching Your heart
When my will becomes enthroned in Your love
When all things that surround become shadows
In the light of you.

I worship You, I worship You
The reason I live, is to worship You.”

Listen to the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtL2GUE1RS4

As I sing, I see Him enthroned in heaven, yet so near on earth – Jesus the Son, whose life given on the cross reached out to the Father and made for us a bridge of grace. Through this, we can reach the Father, we can see His face, and we can live in the presence of His everlasting love.

[Isaiah 40:22] – “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”

Sky photography on Lily of the Valleys: https://lilyofthevalleysk.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/son-in-the-skies/


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