Tuesday, June 17, 2014

St. Paul’s Chapel and Empire State Building in New York.


I took the photo above yesterday afternoon. I’m in New York City for Personal Encounter session of ministry. To adjust to the three-hour jet lag, I flew in a day early. With an afternoon to spare, I did something I’ve never done before in all my years, and many times, of coming to New York. I took one of those open-air, tourist bus rides I’ve always disdained. It was a beautiful afternoon, and I have to admit that I actually enjoyed the tour. I’ve seen all of New York many times but never Uptown and Downtown Manhattan, all at once, in one two-hour stretch. As we were making our way toward The Battery area, I looked over my shoulder and took an impromptu photo of the Empire State Building behind me. It was later, when I looked at my picture, that I realized I had also captured St. Paul’s Chapel in the foreground. This historic place of worship was completed in 1766. George Washington worshipped here on his Inauguration Day. In the hours after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, it was miraculously unharmed and served as a place of refuge for recovery workers, police, and counselors. It survived without as much as a broken window. Debris hit a tree on the northwest corner of the property and spared any significant damage.


But notice something else about this unplanned photo. The apex of the Chapel seems to rise above the 1,454 feet of the Empire State Building, an edifice more than 50 times taller. This photo represents not reality but perspective. It seems to say that no matter how important the commerce of the city might be, the significance of spirituality looms larger. In truth, that’s the way it should. The lesson in life is that no matter what problems may seem to tower over us, if we look at them properly we’ll see the perspective of God’s view of our life and needs. The old song “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” puts it this way: “The things of Earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

An encouraging word:  GOD’S RESTAmerica is a nation beset with insomnia. More than 30% of the nation has trouble sleeping, and the figure rises to 60% for those over 60. Ten million use prescription sleep aids. Yet few are as troubled as King David who wrote in Psalm 3:5, “I lie down and sleep.” At the time he had lost his throne and was running for his life. His own son Absalom was seeking to destroy him. Yet in the midst of such despair, David slept. The reason? The latter part of this verse says, “The Lord sustains me.” There may be legitimate times when an Ambien or Tylenol PM is necessary, but all too many depend drugs rather than allowing God’s peace to be the source of solace.


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