The View From Up Here

01 August 2011

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fly from Brisbane down to Melbourne for a blogging conference.  I managed to score a window seat on both flights, and I enjoyed looking down on the patchwork-world below.  We flew over busy cities, large towns, small communities and isolated properties.  We flew over mountain ranges, green squares of fertile pastures, and (many) dry barren patches of land. I looked down over the landscape, and took in the bigger picture.

Those words from Psalm 139 floated into my mind…

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

(Psalm 139:7-10 NIV)

I considered what God sees, when He looks down on us.  Does He see a patchwork-world of dry, barren lives and searching souls, with the occasional forgiven heart rich in love and hope?  Does He see people who remain isolated, while others thrive in strong communities of Christians?  Does He see busy churches working at a frantic pace, but going nowhere?  Does He see the landscape of our lives?  The Grandscape of our lives?

I don’t profess to know what God sees, but I am convinced that He does see us.  We are never out of His sight, or out of His reach.  Regardless of whether we are up in the heavens, down in the depths, or at the furthest edges of the earth… we are ever in His gaze.

YOU are ever in His gaze.

Catherine Oehlman


Cath is the online editor of the MOPS Australia site and blog, editor of the soon to be released Better Mum Magazine, and Coordinator of her MOPS group in Brisbane.  She is well known online and on the airwaves as SquiggleMum – though most of the time she is just “Mum-meeeeee!”

3 Responses to “The View From Up Here”

  1. Jo Tippet says:

    Beautifully said Catherine :o)

  2. Alice says:

    Thanks for the reminder Cath. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in my own patch of the world. I agree with Jo, so beautifully said! xx Al

  3. Cherie Macchiusi says:

    We went down a cave on our recent holiday and they turned the lights out- I thought of Ps 139 too- even in the depths of the earth, God is there.

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