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East to West

What a glorious sight to see the sun rise or set from the window of an aircraft!  From above the clouds I imagine what the world looks like from God’s vantage point.  No wonder the prophet Isaiah said, ‘the nations are like a drop in a bucket’ before Him. (40:15a) 

The expansion and development of air travel and low cost airlines has made the world seem smaller.  But where shall we put all the new airports in this global village?  Every N.I.M.B.Y. (that’s a ‘Not In My Back Yard’ person) would have them banished with talk of noise and environmental damage.  Yet, many still want to fly cheaply and explore the wonders of this planet.  It’s difficult to balance ethical and environmental ideals with our marvel at God’s intriguing world.

Furthermore, may we be forgiven for praising technological achievements with no thought for the one who made it all possible, or little care for the world He has created.   The Psalmist said, ‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  The Lord is exalted over all the nations …’ (113:3,4)  God is to be praised from the east to the west!

Maybe today we should remember that God rules above all technology, people, races, nations, and even the heavens.  We gaze at His handiwork, but be reminded that the Lord is looking us in the eye too – wherever we are and wherever we go.

A prayer:  Ever-present God, creator of a beautiful world, forgive me for not praising your name 24-7.  Amen.

Copyright Rev. Anthony D. Miles February 2004 

Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45am and 9.20am). Tony is married with two children.

One Comment

  • Dave Baynham

    September 30, 2006 at 10:27 am

    I believe God gives us our Gifts, mine are the ability to balance sound, record sound and mix it. I love doing this for God and his glory, we do many outreach projects and if at the end of one of these no one has noticed the sound, Job done.

    As a fantastic man of God said to me very early on, “When you do something for God do it to the best of your ability and as professional as possible, God isn’t armature and the next person through may not know God and may just think, if it’s so so that God is so so”

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