My husband and I were at the airport before Christmas to pick up our son and his wife. While we sat and waited, I glanced up at the sunny, blue sky shining through the skylight above us. I saw what I first thought was a flock of birds flying over. Then it dawned on me that what I was seeing instead was a reflection of the people walking through the airport lobby. It was very interesting to sit below and yet observe people from above them as their images floated through blue space. I thought that is what our earthly life is like. We enter into a visible space of self-awareness for a brief walk across earth time and soon we are out of sight again. But the good news is that we are never out of God’s sight. David declared in Ps.139 that there was no place he could find to flee from God. He declared in verses 15 -16, “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in the secret place... your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” In Hebrews 4:13 God tells us plainly “Nothing in all creation is hidden from His sight. Everything is uncovered and bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.” That can be a comforting or a scary thought depending on your point of view.
On Ash Wednesday, as we receive ashes on our forehead we hear, “...dust you are and to dust you will return,” The dictionary describes dust as being fragile. We may not like to think of ourselves that way but in the presence of God, that is us. However, again we are comforted by the words in Psalm 103:13-14 that the Father has compassion on those who fear (honor) him for he remembers that we are dust.
During Lent we remember Good Friday, the day of the cross. It is painful to recall the cost of our redemption but God who so loved us began to redeem us the moment sin entered His creation.
Sometimes it may seem like life is only a short walk through an airport, but the resurrection of Jesus changes our vision so we can look at life from God’s point of view.
Easter tells us to look beyond just what is visible to our eyes.
Easter tells us that God has created us for eternity.