Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Whenever I think about 'meeting the Lord in the air', I remember a flight I was on a few years ago between JFK airport, NY and Buffalo airport, NY. I was in one of those smaller planes that has one aisle with two seats in each row and about 12 rows (?). Those are the ones in which you feel like you're in an 'old' plane - and you wonder if it will make it to the next airport!
I was by the window and a man sat beside me on the aisle. He ordered a drink because he was nervous. I got a soda because I was thirsty.
We took off on time, but the pilot said our time of arrival might be delayed due to the weather conditions. Nothing unusual so far. I was just along for the ride.
We weren't in the air 10 minutes when we began to experience turbulance. The guy next to me was starting to make stressing sounds and he reached for 'the bag'. I had never been close to anyone who had motion sickness in a plane before, so I tried to be interested elsewhere. It didn't take much effort though, because as I looked out my window, I found that we were not under the weather conditions, nor were we above the weather conditions. We were flying right through the middle of the thunder heads and it was AMAZING! I became mesmorized by the formations which made our plane seem like a toy. It felt like I was in a video game and with the vibrations the plane was experiencing, it felt like we were on a track instead of in the air, which just added more to the whole experience of feeling like we were in another world of some kind. We were cruising through this world of snow white caves and mountains, past huge outcroppings and along a landscape that was breath taking!
Periodically, my mind would register with 'reality' - my soda glass held high in the air so as not to spill - I held it in the air the entire trip! My cheeks were getting sore from the huge grin stuck on my face. The man next to me was making very strange sounds and filling 'the bag'.
Mostly though, my attention was fixed on the 'other worldiness' outside my window and my mind was totally alive to imaginings like I'd never before experienced - even as a child!
Well, all that to say, it was an experience I will never forget. I saw the 'heavens' in a way that I'm sure few people ever do, and since then, I've thought many times about 'meeting the Lord in the air'. What will the sky be like on that day? Will we experience clouds in heaven like that? How long will we be there - in the air? Will my imagination be as free or more so - it was exhilerating to think, imagine and feel all that I did with such glorious intensity and freedom!
Now, whenever I see thunderheads in the sky, I long to be able to ascend and fly through them. Each time I take a trip, I hope to have another opportunity to fly through that 'world' again.
On Wednesday, I'm flying to see my sister, and I'm sure you know what I've been dreaming of!
Can anyone else relate? Has anyone else had a similar experience or similar desire?
Morning sun light of creation Grassy fields of velvet flow Silver clouds a shimmering curtain He's designed a perfect world I'm amazed at His talents I stand in awe of one so great Now my soul begins to sing out To the source from which it came
CHORUS: Bless the Lord who reigns with beauty Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power Bless the Lord who reigns my life with so much love He can make a perfect heart
(words and music by Bill Gaither)
This song has been a favorite of mine since I was a teen. Growing up on Cape Breton Island afforded many opportunities to be overwhelmed by the perfect creation of the Perfect Creator. I would, and still do, soar in my spirit when I would think, for a moment, on the beautiful display which reveals God's beautiful heart; and, then to think that His hand in my heart would create just the same quality of beautiful life. I so love Him and His magnificent, glorious-ness and, to this day, I have never found any fault or imperfection in what He does.
"I look up to the mountains- does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:1,2
As beautiful and majestic as creation is, it cannot help us with our trials in life. Mountains can leave us awe-struck, but they cannot pay our bills, feed our family or mend broken relationships. When we need help, we need something more than the tallest, most rugged mountain, the deepest, widest ocean, a heaven filled with billions of stars or a field full of wild flowers...
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I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. I was a "stay-at-home" mom for 30 years with 6 wonderful children. I live each day with the incredible joy of knowing that God has created all things and He has packed every living thing with amazing potential, and I have just begun the journey to find out what my own potential is!