Friday, June 8, 2012

Beyond Our Horizons

We find comfort and confidence as we sit with today’s scripture, Psalm 139.9-10:

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me fast.

It’s just as the old tune says: God holds the whole world in hand. But it’s more than that. God resides beyond our horizons. The psalmist’s limited knowledge gives way to vast understanding of God’s help. He looks east, where the sun rises from nowhere, and grasps that God is there. He looks across the sea, where the sun drops from the sky, and sees God is also there. These are teetering places. He suspects—and has been told—that beyond the horizon is too far. He'll fall away into oblivion. Yet he witnesses what others refuse to believe: God is there. And so it is that whenever we teeter, we must never fear. When we can’t see beyond our horizons, God leads us back to safety. We can never slip into nothingness, because God holds us fast.

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