A Heavenly Reminder of God’s Presence in Our Lives | Erin Keeley Marshall


The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

Our group of campers gazed up at the night sky lit with stars too many to count. It was a mesmerizing sight, but what had our focus most was a paper lantern moving higher above our heads.

The night was still, hardly any wind to blow the globe, so it floated lazily toward the heavens. Along with my husband, our friends, and our collective kids, I oohed and aahed as the glowing object moved over the treetops and eventually beyond our vision.

Despite some rain that weekend, we all had a wonderful time making memories, canoe floating downriver, roasting s’mores, romping through the campground, and falling asleep to the sounds of the great outdoors. But that moment in particular as I watched so many people I care about gazing upward, I breathed a prayer of thanksgiving that God’s eye is ever on us.

We lost sight of that lantern as it floated beyond our reach, vulnerable to the slightest pressure against it. How peaceful it also felt to trust that the God who created the mighty winds and expansive sky carries us tenderly, guides us faithfully, and shelters us constantly.

His own are never truly at the whim of any other force. It may seem so at times, but the Lord is still sovereign and in control. What a beautiful sight our hearts can enjoy when we envision ourselves and those we love being led along by the mighty hand of a loving God.

Faith Step: Buy a paper lantern and offer a prayer as you send it upward. Thank the Lord that He carries you.

Photo Credit: Ascension Lutheran Pittsburgh

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