When my son Benjamin was young, anytime he saw a low hanging fluffy white cloud, he desperately wanted to be able to touch it. But when he reached the spot where he saw the cloud, the cloud was elusive and out of his reach. While flying in an airplane through billowy clouds, Benjamin was still unable to touch the clouds because of the windows that separated him from the clouds.
Jesus’ disciples witnessed His ascension into the clouds. Although the disciples could no longer physically touch Jesus or the clouds, they knew that God was with them because of His promise. Clouds may be elusive to us, but God is never out of reach. In Acts 2:32–33, we hear Peter say, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.” After Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples at Pentecost. Our triune God is always with us.
We read in Matthew 28 that as Jesus ascended into the heavenly clouds, He commanded His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. This command is for us too. Your Mite Box offerings, given in prayer, help to share this Good News of our Immanuel to all nations. To learn more about mite offering supported missions, click here: lwml.org/mission-grants.