Emerging Majesty

Posted in Come and See Updated

This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ as well.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from the Lenten Devotional of 1979 - March 3rd to be precise:

Read Matthew 5:17-46

"When I look at Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast established; what is man that Thou art mindful of Him? ~Psalm 8

One cloudy, rainy afternoon, I was driving to the airport to begin a business trip to a distant city.  The closer I got to the terminal the darker it became.  As I parked the car and tramped through the puddles to the loading ramp, the less sure I became of being able to take off in such nasty weather.  However, once safely aboard, the plane taxied through rain and fog to eth end of the runway to prepare for take off.  As we reached the far end and turned into the wind, all the terminal buildings slipped out of the sight in the rain and fog.

The planed began moving slowly then quickened its course down the runway and into the air.  Immediately we were engulfed in low, thick clouds.  Heavy rain and wind beat at the plane and shook it as we climbed upward in the darkness.  I began to feel the invisible pressure of the wind and the rain and the darkness on this flying machine made by man.  Worry entered my mind as we struggled upward.  I whispered a prayer as the tension mounted.  

Suddenly, as panic almost took over, we emerged into bright sunlight!  Our plane rose out of the clouds and the rain and leveled off as the pilot pulled back on the throttle.  Now we cruised gently and more quietly over an ocean of puffy clouds.  Night was not long in coming as the setting sun was rapidly replaced by the moon and stars of early evening.

As I relaxed in my seat, I thought of what a marvelous machine God had given man the ability to design and of how wonderful God's world is to allow man to triumph over difficult circumstances when man turns to Him.  The words of one of the most beautiful psalms filled me with awe and praise...O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth.

~John Newman