A Greater View

uncompaghreI saw it different recently. The way that I gained this different perspective was by going to the higher ground. From the higher ground, I was able to distinguish the landscape. It took some  intentional climbing, but the view was worth it.

We were in Colorado last week and headed up to the summit of a pass via 4WD. The mountains and scenery were impressive as we climbed. The rock of the mountains created fortress like walls at points of the ascent. Once we got to the top, however, the perspective changed entirely.

From the top, the view was magnificent. We could see for hundreds of miles and the perspective of the imposing mountain was reduced to a manageable peak. Things had changed, although the mountain had not moved.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

Part of the deal is that we get to see things differently. The mountains are going to be there as part of life, but the promise is that we’ll be raised above them. If we’ll agree with Jesus, we can sit with Him and see things the way that He sees things.

From a heavenly perspective, mountains become movable and walls become scalable. We don’t have to be limited to the view from the bottom and it’s His grace that takes us from here to there. We can’t earn the better view, we just get it by His kindness. We get it by asking. We get it by agreement.

Once you see things the way that the King of kings sees things, you can breathe a little easier. His perspective is eternal but it may take some intentional climbing to get beyond our fears and doubts.

Vision yields perspective and perspective facilitates strategy. From a strategy produced by eternal perspective, the tactics of maneuvering through life’s mountains become manageable. There is peace in seeing that the steps we are taking make sense in the biggest picture.

Don’t settle for the valley of worry; choose to climb to the higher place and see things differently. The climb to a greater view is in rest and reliance to receive the elevation afforded a King.

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