It took me by surprise but there I was, day dreaming about a road trip. We’d been living in the belly of a 6,000 tonne ship for some 18 months and I awoke that Saturday morning longing to hit the road.
Whilst an open highway holds the promise of adventure, a change and – who know’s – perhaps even a new beginning, the reality is that the other end of the highway is simply someone else’s starting point.
It doesn’t take us long at all to discover that not only are there are no pots of gold at the end of the rainbow but, there are no ends to the rainbow.
David’s preparation for kingship required him to be constantly on the run, even into enemy territory. Alienated from his homeland and unable to settle anywhere else, he discovers something far better than some elusive utopia on earth.
– Psalm 139
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
The presence of the Lord can be experienced in every place, every situation, every encounter, every minute of every day. David’s confidence can be yours also,
– Psalm 16
11 You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.