The view from the window seat of the small plane was perfect, not only to look onto the beautiful countryside, but also for hiding my tear-filled eyes. I prayed silently for God to comfort my aching heart. Woods and fields, similar to the ones I had walked for the past three weeks, looked like colorful mosaic carpets. Roads and rivers appeared like mere squiggly lines. As we were approaching Zurich for our last layover, the captain’s voice interrupted my thoughts. He announced that we would have to fly several loops over the city, due to heavy traffic.
Really? My heart wanted to hurry up and get home, not miss the flight back to Chicago. Then I heard a small voice speak across my heart, “Look for the steeples!”
By now, buildings and houses, roads and paths were recognizable. I obeyed and then, there in the middle of a small town saw the first steeple, then another and another. There were so many churches everywhere. I saw great steeples of magnificent cathedrals, as well as small tiny steeples, barely reaching past the rooftops of the homes around them. They surely were built by people with great visions and sold out hearts for the Lord. As I kept looking, I found my heart overwhelmed with an awareness of the closeness of my God.
“I am with you, no matter where you go.
I will never leave nor forsake you.
You can’t hide from me, nor can you go anywhere I can’t reach.
I am with you.”
I remembered my friends and church family back in the States. A deep gratitude flooded my heart. I knew that God has a plan for my life. Where I live is not an accident. Where He places me is not a coincidence.
God does not live under the steeples of great and small churches, but instead He chose to make His people His temple, never to leave nor forsake them. The Most High God and Maker of the Universe made His dwelling among men. He lives in our hearts through Christ. His Holy Spirit, is a deposit and a witness to the fact that He never leaves nor forsakes me.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,