I rotate two globes on our mantle.
One is more decorative in form than informative.
I bought this globe at our neighbors, Joe and Helen’s garage sale,
a few years ago.
It seems even more precious and significant to me since Helen’s death
two weeks ago.
She is the second neighbor to leave Michigan Avenue in the last couple of months.
Both Helen and Lynn were the grandmothers on our street.
We all have such fond memories.
They adopted our children and were known to spoil them with huge
candy bars at Halloween, always remembered their birthdays and kept up with all
I can still seen Helen (in her late 80’s), hunched over, walking towards our home during
Carlen’s graduation festivities.
Carlen spotted her from the window and darted out the door to meet her, to embrace her
and have a laugh with her.
I think my affection for globes stems from my love of a particular verse:
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
I Chronicles 16: 9a
I want to land squarely in the terrain of verse 9a with a heart that is His alone.
I truly do not want to be described by what follows in verse 9b as being foolish.
I close my eyes and try to imagine the scope of God’s presence.
It is impossible for me to fathom that He is looking at me on Michigan Avenue with
my fingers flailing on my keyboard and He is also standing steadfast with those in the
Philippines, in Illinois and in Russia.
He is sitting beside those who mourn and hurt today behind closed doors and
drawn window shades.
He is whispering the echo of peace to those who wait for test results and for children
to return to the fold.
He is speaking hope to the weary and those who believe they can’t
catch a break or have run too far and fast from His grasp and grace.
However the axis of the earth rotates and shifts, God is present.
He is a sustainer in times of loss as well as in times of plenty.
We are forever in the line of sight of a watchful God who has packed
more than enough strength for the trip.
Put a pushpin in your spot on the map.
He is there.
Stay committed to Him no matter how fast the earth seems to
spin upon its axis.
God, the axis of our world,
today and everyday.