Week 35 Wednesday

A Long Way

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 102-104

Key verses: Psalm 103:11-12

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

It’s been awhile since I was on an airplane.  But in recent years the occasion which has most often caused me to fly was to go visit family in Seattle, Washington.  On the way there you pass over mountains – big ones.  I love to look down on the incredible beauty of those towering mountain ranges.  And I find that remembering that sight causes me to recall these verses from the Psalms.

“As high as the heavens are above the earth…as far as the east is from the west….”

Those words aptly describe the idea of a plane traveling great distances; at great heights – thousands of miles from rural Virginia to Washington state.

But more than that, they describe the vastness – the height and depth and breadth of God’s love for His children.

There are times when we feel separated from God.

Either life’s circumstances or our own actions can cause us to feel very far away from Him.

But, in fact, the distance we should focus on is how far He removes our transgressions from us.  The greatness of his love spans any separation we feel – and lovingly brings us close to Him.  That is, if we allow it.

So, the next time you find yourself high up in the air – looking down on a tranquil scene miles below – you might want to remember this Psalm.  Remember how great God’s love is and how much he wants to remain close to you.

No matter how much distance you think there might be between the two of you.

Prayer: Holy, loving God, thank you for spanning the distance and offering me your love, time and again.  AMEN.

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