I sit exhausted in the window seat of the plane. Just sit there as the stewardess explains for the billionth time how a safety belt buckles and opens. I am staring mindlessly out of the window, watching luggage carts speed past on the tarmac.
Allume 2012 has been a wonderful conference, with lots of hugs, laughter, learning and little sleep. I feel fortunate to be on a flight that has not been canceled. Hurricane Sandy is heading quickly towards the East Coast and I am on one of the last fights out of Pennsylvania.
Words and phrases from amazing speakers roll through my mind, as the g-force presses me into my seat at takeoff.
Waves of wind, and rain hit the plane and causes the plane to jump and rock, and I clinch the arms of the seat as if they can do something significant to stabilize this rocket with wings. Finally, we reach our cruising altitude where the air is a little calmer…but not completely void of air pockets.
I pull out my camera and begin to take pictures of the clouds – Just something I do to pass the time. Observing these clouds, so menacing looking, hanging there suspended between earth and heaven – I am in awe of God, the original artist of all.
“Where did you get the inspiration for all of this beauty, Lord?”, I whisper as the camera, click, click, clicks away.
It is then, that I see a completed rainbow – the full sphere, there on the clouds. Though you cannot see it in these pictures, the shadow of our plane was in the rainbow. Then I am aware of a shadow formed by the clouds, giving the impression of a hand holding the plane. For half an hour I watch the sphere outside of my window!
God was there – at the conference, in the bumps and rocking of the plane; in the rising and drops of air pockets; in the peaceful bliss of the high altitudes, and in the final embrace of my husband as I enter the airport at home. He is always here, holding us with his mighty right hand – flexing his mighty muscles for the one He loves.
“and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.” (Revelation 4:2-43 NIV)
I am going to Allume again this year! If you are going, I would love to meet you face to face!
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