Book-Ended

This morning God gave me the most amazing reminder that wherever I go, wherever I look, He is there. It all happened as I drove my kids to their bus stop. As usual we were right on-time, with not a minute to spare, and as we made our way up the hill to the stop we gasped and paused for a second to take in one of the most beautiful views of the moon we’d ever seen. I kid you not, we literally gasped – it was that breathtaking. At that moment, in that spot, we had the perfect angle to see it suspended between two trees as it made its daily exit. It was fully round, with a misty morning glow all around it.

A few minutes later after the kids unloaded, I turned the car around to head back home, and as I did, I looked down the hill to see one of the most beautiful sun rises I’ve ever seen. Not a cloud was in the sky as the sun began its ascent. It looked like a reddish orange, vibrantly-bright fireball climbing into the sky! Again, it took my breath away. I managed to pull over to take a picture of, but I am not sure my little Iphone 3 did it justice. I don’t think the world’s greatest camera could. It was that beautiful.

As I pulled in to my driveway I couldn’t help but feel book-ended by God. It reminded me of Psalm 139, and how it paints a picture of how God hems us in. Verses 5-10 say,

5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

There is truly no where we can go to be outside of the presence of God. We look ahead, and He is there. We look behind, and He is there. There is no place we have been or will be where God has not been there first. He is here, there and everywhere, as Dr. Seuss would say… what a wonderful, comforting thought to know God is always closely tuned in to our worlds. He loves us that much!

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