Heavenly Arch - Phil Irons


In our season of Legacy, I sense that God is with us, visible and watching over our church…

Excited to unwrap a new photographic print this week, which is destined for the wall in my office. On one level it’s a great shot: a rural New Zealand church building with the Milky Way core above it; the photographer entitled it, ‘Heavenly Arch’. On a deeper level though, it says so much more…

The Milky Way is always in our sky, but while it’s visible in clear skies, it can only be seen with the clarity captured in the photograph through a camera’s lens that is wide open and when the shutter speed is slowed right down. And the Milky Way moves relative to our position on the earth so it’s not always over this little church building; in the course of the night it will have moved away from here within a few hours.

So in our season of Legacy, I sense that God is with us, visible and watching over our church and showing those with eyes to see, something more of Himself.

In this photograph I’m reminded of the creative, supernatural, eternal and all-powerful nature of God.

I see our smallness, yet at the same time our significance in His eyes. I see His love for the world. I see the centrality of the local church.

I get a sense of a special moment in time: we won’t be in a time just like this any time soon. He is, as it says in Ephesians 4:6 (KJV), “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

In this time we should, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 (NIV). And be reminded, as it says in the book of Job 25:2 (NIV), “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”

Slow down. Look up. Position yourself under His favour. Listen for His leading.

Phil Irons
Communications Manager

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