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Zooming Out: Gaining a Fresh and Vast Perspective

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Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger,
June 7, 2017 / By / , , , , / Post a Comment

There’s a thought lately that’s been reverberating in my brain, and I think it’s an invitation to us all.  It all started when I decided to start reading some of C.S. Lewis’s classics (as of a little over a year ago, I hadn’t read any!); and one in particular called the Screwtape letters.

If you’re not familiar with this story, it’s basically a collection of letters detailing many of life’s lessons, but written from the perspective of the devil.  It’s a fascinating read and a brilliant way to illustrate truth.  But it got me thinking, if I were to pick up a history book, read an account, the content and general overview really would depend greatly upon the perspective from whom it was written.  Right?  Consider a story from the Battle of Gettysburg.  Consider an account from a lion versus a gazelle in the forest at dinner time.  All of these accounts would depend on who wrote the story, and from which side (if any), they’re writing.

Consider a diamond.  To a geologist, a diamond represents a fascinating process of science and its elements.  To a bride, a diamond represents commitment and beauty. To a child, a diamond may represent a catalyst for rainbows and awe.  Same diamond, completely different takes, depending on perspective.

My reverberating thought is this:  Our perspective is key in experiencing the LIFE God intended for us. 

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”  {Matthew 6:22-23}

Our entire body will be full of light if our EYE is clear.  If we can clear up our perspective, our way will be filled with light.  Most of the time, we get so caught up in circumstances, all we see is that “thing” glaring at us, about 2 inches from the end of our noses.  Have you ever been plagued by short-sightedness?  One of my friends showed me this short video, and it spoke to me so greatly, as it did her, about perspective.  

Let me say this before you click on it. Sometimes, in life, we just need to ZOOM OUT.  Sometimes, we need to clear our eye, take a step back, so that we can be reminded that we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), just like in this video!  If we can catch the perspective of the Father, we can say what He’s saying and do what He’s doing.  When we can see more than what’s right in front of us, we can see the map, the game plan, the direction God wants us to go.  We can pray and fight and run from an entirely different perspective when we remember Whose we are.  Take a quick gander at this video, and be reminded that no matter what we face, God is so much bigger than anything we face.  This is an invitation to see as He sees.

Zooming out isn’t backing down, but rather a reminder of how VAST God is, and nothing is too hard for Him.  If He measures the waters and the heavens by the span of His hand, then we have a massive and mighty God! {Isaiah 40:12} If He measures the sky between His thumb and little finger, how easy is it for Him to have a solution for our “stuff?”  Zooming out brings a panoramic view of how things really are.  We start to see as He does, from beginning to end, from top to bottom, from in and on top.  Our eye becomes full of light and hope.

 I love when the video zooms back in and goes into the eye—it reminds me of how intimately God knows us.  When are doing life with Him, tucked into Him, and we are seeing from His massive perch, things become far less intimidating.  In fact, I get kind of charged up when I see the view of galaxies from those satellites!  The One who created all of that cares for and is intimately involved in every detail of our lives.  He’s that big AND He’s in us–how can that be??  Boy, that hits my heart!

Can I challenge you to broaden your perspective today?  Where can you zoom out?  Are there areas that are in darkness that just need a perspective shift from short-sightedness?  Areas of anger or hopelessness or worry?  Ask God for help in this.  I believe He’s beckoning us to take a seat with Him, so we can see what He sees, just like that video.   I pray that our eye will be clear and unobstructed, and in that our lives will be filled with light and clarity and HIM.  May we be reminded, in every situation, we are seated with the King of Kings far above our day-to-day struggles.  It isn’t about minimizing what we’re facing; it’s about catching the vastness and the power of the One who can help us overcome and become more than a conquer.  Jesus made it possible and desires every time to heal, make whole, set free, and be full of His life and love.  Look up!  What’s God saying to you about this?  Ask Him to show you how big He is, and then ask Him to show you how He sees you, your situation, your direction.  It will be so good!! Love you guys!

Meghan 

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