Walking through a street in Tenjin, Fukuoka, we came across a mass of gray, criss-crossed power lines overhead. The street was also very narrow, bringing the power lines that much more into focus. Above the power lines, however, was the open sky — blue and beautiful. It made me think of the boundaries between heaven and earth.
And between God and man.
As I consider my family’s newness of being in Japan and learning so many new things each day, it would be very easy to allow our minds to become overloaded, crowded, and amassed with thoughts of “how will we learn this?” or “how can we remember that?” many times over. Focusing on the power lines. Looking past the closest object and seeing the openness and bright vastness of heaven beyond, the power lines disappear. The mass jumble of thoughts become detangled and life is clear looking toward the face of God rather than the matrix of obstacles.
Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
The “line” between God and man is one that exists only in the mind. Physical distance is no obstacle for God; knowing what the Word says about His omnipresence is one of the most comforting and revelatory things I believe a person could come to know.
Thank you, God, for being so close and making yourself so clear in times of congestion in life!