As our jet circled Houston high above the clouds one afternoon, the Lord gave me such a clear picture. The Houston airport had been closed to all incoming and outgoing flights due to a very bad thunderstorm that seemed to have parked over their heads. Having been on the ground in many bad thunderstorms, I envisioned how dark it was, with the wind and rain coming from multiple directions at the same time – all while dangerous bolts of lightning struck the ground. Where we were, over their heads, the sun shone brightly on a beautiful blue sky. Underneath us, we could see white clouds with just a tad of gray mixed in. As the pilot gave another update, I said, “They should come up here where we are – above the storm.”
It really wasn’t until it came out of my mouth that I saw the spiritual application. In the spirit realm, the clouds represent all kinds of hard circumstances and personal storms of life that threaten to shut us down, as happened at the Houston airport. Even though that natural shutdown was only for a short time, it was enough to cause backups, missed connections, and long delays in Houston, with quite a ripple effect in other airports around the country. What kind of ripple effects might occur if we allow ourselves to be shut down spiritually?
Ephesians 2:6-7 “6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
If we’ve been born again, our spirits are already seated with God in Christ in the heavenly realms, far above all the circumstances surrounding our natural lives. The change must take place in our minds. When we renew our minds with His Word (Romans 12:2), we begin to see our circumstances from God’s perspective, from the heavenly realms – above the stuff of life. We might still go through tough situations, but seeing through God’s eyes will allow us to live in His peace in the midst of it, relying on His strength and trusting in His direction all the way through to the other side. And . . . we will show the incomparable riches of His grace to those around us in the process!
Jesus is saying, “Come up here!”