Spiritual Life: We are all made and loved by God

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 August 2018

Rev Janet Buchan of St Paul's Vicarage, Goodmayes: Photo: Janet Buchan

Rev Janet Buchan of St Paul's Vicarage, Goodmayes: Photo: Janet Buchan

Chris Hoyle 2016

For my recent holiday I was fortunate enough to be able to take a flight to Spain.

I love looking out of aircraft windows from high above the earth and watching as the scenery changes below me.

The weather was great and I had an excellent view. It’s always particularly moving flying over mountains.

They seem so enormous and impassable from down on the ground, but up in a plane we have a completely different perspective and the whole shape becomes clear: the foothills, the folds, the peaks.

I can also see that travelling across a mountain range isn’t just a question of going up and then down, but involves many little ascents and descents and twists and turns.

Of course, it also makes me feel very small.

Looked at from a plane, we don’t even appear as tiny specks on the surface of the earth.

But the Christian faith teaches that each human being, though small, is made by God, is of infinite value and overwhelmingly loved by God.

So, as I face the mountains in my life – the challenges, the losses, the hurts, the failures – I also remember that I don’t face them alone, but with the help and strength of God.

Looking at a mountain from the perspective of the sky I am reminded that the great God who made it is also the God who loves me and will never be diverted from that love.

Amazing what thoughts can be stimulated by getting on a plane!

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