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Behold, the skies preach January 4, 2009

Posted by markgeil in Posts written while inspired by air travel.

It’s been gloomy in Atlanta. Rainy during the day, foggy in the evening, a pretty constant layer of clouds making the sky gray. Reminds me of our winters in Columbus, Ohio, when the skies were gray for months on end every winter.

But then I got on an airplane. Once we rose above that thick layer of clouds, a new landscape emerged. Bright sunshine highlighted a white sea. As the flight continued, the sun set all orange and red and purple. Brilliant.

We haven’t the slightest clue what the wonder of heaven is. When Moses got even near the presence of the Living God, his face literally glowed so brightly he had to wear a veil. All the people on the roads and houses of Middle America, the ones I was flying over, only saw gray gloom. I saw a breathtaking sunset. If the heavens are skyward, I guess you could say that my perspective was closer to God.

I’m sure God whips up even more beautiful wonders in those heavens, but they’re just too much for us to handle. For now, I’m reminded that God is God, and though we cannot touch His majesty, it’s comforting to know that He’s all about beauty when we’re all about gloom; that He paints the heavens just for fun; and that His perspective is awfully refreshing.



1. Sarah Geil - January 6, 2009

Nahum 1:3
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.

He must have been walking on our side of the world yesterday! Jesus is not just the painter but the initiator!

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