I’m not sure why Nancy picked the word “sky”. I think it’s because she’s a nature person. That’s the place where she most connects with God. (I wrote about that once.)
I’m not a sky person. I’m not much of an outside person. Even when I go running, I take the inside outside with me. But sky is a good cautionary word for me.
In a poetic description of God’s love, David says, “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.”
We know that from a science perspective that there are layers in the atmosphere. We know that what we see in the sky at night, from moon to planets to stars, is pretty far. So the comparison of distance to love is measurably significant. But the comparison is poetic, and David is meaning that the love is immeasurably overwhelming.
As I think more, however, I wonder where exactly the heavens start. You could, poetically (and perhaps scientifically) argue that the the heavens start where the earth leaves off, at sea level, perhaps, or in the Himalayas. Which would mean that the distance between God’s love and us is not so far at all. As Paul said in a speech, “he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’” And as John pointed out, the Word put on a body and walked around among people. From as far away as we think of the heavens being from earth, Jesus came to earth as a demonstration of how great his love is.
I know. This is a long way from “sky”. But that’s how love is.
Bob Goff released a book this week. Everybody, Always: becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people. It’s pretty amazing. I should write a review, but I’ve only read it once. I’ll try to do that after I’ve read it a couple more times. But it’s worth looking at yourself.