Some mornings I wake up and feel like everything is just fine . . . that the world is moving right along just as intended and everything will pan out as it is supposed to according to the Master Plan.
Other mornings, I wake up and learn of something that happened overnight . . . something tragic, evil, disturbing, and I fret over the condition of world affairs. I worry for Courtney and Chris, for my nephews and nieces, for Ali and Abi. In moments of weakness and confusion, it sometimes seems as if the enemy might just be prevailing in the war. Sadly, world events often seem very ugly . . . and our culture so very confused over some very basic issues. I mean: same-sex marriage? How about this crazy notion that Bruce Jenner is a hero . . . and what he did is courageous? He is not the Woman of the Year . . . what the dude did is demonic, unnatural, and perverted. Will we now see his photo removed from the cereal box and placed upon the tampon box?
Some years ago, I learned about a place that helps me remember something very important. The place is something I believe the Lord created and forever intentioned that mankind consider as he views life . . . that place is located in what is known as Bad Water Basin in Death Valley. It is now a national park . . . Across California and Nevada, located East of the Sierra Nevada.
From one place therein, one can clearly see the highest elevation in the lower 48 states–Mt. Whitney—at 14,505 feet. Moving over just a few feet, one can then view the lowest elevation on the Continent -282 feet below sea level. The highest and lowest . . . both clearly seen from two different positions that are actually not far apart!
What is the point? I believe it is simply a reminder that what we see is greatly influenced by where we stand.
We need to remember that as Believers, God has set us up for success . . . certainly not for failure! Don’t despise small beginnings . . . God has plenty of strength, wisdom, and grace to give us to . . . empower us to live the bigger life He has for us.
If we view ourselves through the eyes of the world, it all seems hopeless; yet, if we view ourselves through the eyes of Christ, everything changes and we instantly become new creatures with a glorious future!
Can you see it? I sure hope you can . . .