I love flying. I love going on a new adventure, meeting new people and seeing new places. As children we were privileged to be able to travel a lot, both to holiday destinations and on mission trips to places like Guyana in South America. On every journey I would look out of the plane window as the ground and everything you recognised got smaller and smaller
I’m always amazed (even after many many plane journeys!) that when you fly above the clouds that it’s always sunny. We are so used to being covered by the clouds that it’s easy to forget they simply mask what’s always there.
As I looked out above the clouds on the first leg of our trip to Congo, I felt God say ‘I’m always here, you may not feel it or see it but I am here’. It was a great encouragement to be reminded he is ever present. In Exodus 33, Moses has an amazing encounter with God and in their dialogue God says “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (v.14) Moses then replies “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
I love the fact that God is interested first and foremost in relationship with us. He wants to accompany us on our adventures, he chooses to partner with us to accomplish His mission on earth. Because of this relationship, we are called to be set apart, to live differently and be distinguished as Kingdom people. Not only does he desire relationship, he desires to give us rest. After all he didn’t just create the sabbath, he modelled it. If we are to live as Kingdom people, we need to build rest into our rhythms rather than letting it become an afterthought.
Whatever you are doing today, no matter how many clouds you may see, be encouraged that our Heavenly Father, the creator of the heavens and the earth is ready to meet with you. His presence is always there ready to fill you up and give you a new perspective on your situation.