No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known. (John 1:18 NRSV)
When we were children, we'd climb trees and build secret houses for ourselves up in the branches and spy down on the world below. When we were older we'd climb to the top of a skyscraper and gaze upon a vast city below.

Why do we need to do that? What's inside of us that makes us want a view from above?

Some would say there's a sense of power that comes when we stand above the world. We can play "god," looking down on everything, having a feeling of omnipotence! It's kind of the Goliath complex in us: you remember the big warrior of the Philistines, in Old Testament times. He stood half a man's height above everybody else, and he thought his size made him invincible. When young David came out to meet him on the battlefield, he laughed, and said, "Look at the little puppy that's running after me!" Goliath lost his head in the clouds, and his thinking got a little fuzzy. But that's what we all like to feel, now and then. A sense of standing over everybody else. The Jolly Giant who fears no little creatures below.

But there's another reason we like the view from above, something not quite so selfish. It's a sense of perspective. When you look out the window of an airplane, you begin to see how things fit together, how the hills and valleys interlock, how the fields form a mosaic, and the towns have some shape and definition. We realize how small we are and important God is in our lives.


Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing God close to me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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