When I got home, it was back to reality. All of the "stuff" was right where I left it. Unbelieving family members, conflict with friends and loved ones, illness, the struggle to live for God in a world gone mad. I found myself within a few short days having lost that feeling which warmed my heart on the plane ride home.
Feelings don't last. I need something beyond a feeling.
While God's revelation of Himself in His creation causes us to praise Him, and testifies to His glory, it is not sufficient to for lasting peace and contentment. We also need to know His character and His promises. For that, we need to know the truth as revealed in His Word. The Word of God reminds us that God is indeed on the throne.
Psalm 103: 15-19:
As for man, his days are like grass;Whether or not I feel it, God's kingdom rules over all. Even when there are struggles and burdens and conflict, God is still on the throne. When I am frustrated with sin, including my own, and when I rail against the sin-cursed world, or grieve over a burden, that knowledge will keep me on a level path. Even though the world around me seems to have gone crazy, I must press on and trust God, no matter how I feel. Maybe I can't see it, but He is ruling. His Word tells me so.
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it and is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and to those who keep his covenant
and remember his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all
Yes, God's creation brings me joy, and sometimes moves me to moments when I cannot speak. But those feelings fade, and they aren't enough to hold me up when things get hard. Ultimately, I must find my strength in the revealed truth. The truth never fades.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)