The aircraft took off on time so most of the stress was eliminated. Once we were above the clouds and at cruising speed, the engines settled to a hum and I found myself looking out the window at the cloud cover. On the flight a sense of peace came over me and I felt closer to God! I mean there was a quiet, lovely sunlight with no view of the ground. Yet I felt alone in the embrace of the loving Creator!
Same thing on the return trip. All the things I needed to accomplish when I arrived back home drifted out of my mind. Even the aches and pains of using muscles and joints over the past couple weeks seemed to back off. Maybe it was the low hum of the engines, the quietness of the day, or maybe I was just tired? I didn't go to sleep. I suppose my brain just shut down. Yet again, as on the earlier flight, I felt closer to God. I was reminded of a story from the Book of Revelations when the writer was taken to heaven and was shown the throne of God in all its magnificence.
The flight from Milwaukee to Cleveland took about an hour. Well, with the time change it took two hours yet only one in the air. Sorry for the focus lapse! Nearing Cleveland, the engines changed sound, we broke through the cloud cover and the closeness of God being near began to lessen. We landed, began the hustle to get our luggage off the plane and walked to the baggage claim area for the rest of it.
And standing there was my youngest daughter with a big smile on her face. And I felt her love for me as she walked toward me and gave me a big hug. There was God's closeness again. And I realized God lives on the ground in the lives of people around us as well as on top of cloud cover. We dropped my brother off at his house then drove to pick up Mary's children. And I could see God in the eyes of those kids!
So! The lesson for the day?
God is everywhere! In the lives of family, friends, neighbors. In the lives of strangers. God is in the wind, the soil and water. God is everywhere!
As the Psalmist wrote in psalm 139:
"Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me and your right hand will hold me fast!"
Revel in the fact of God's closeness! And the blessing of Almighty God be with you and me this day and always.