An Unusual Perspective

I’m in Portland, Oregon, this weekend for a homeschool convention. My flight from Chicago yesterday was perfect….clear skies nearly the whole way! No rain, no clouds, just a clear view of everything down below. As we made our descent into Portland, we flew right next to Mt. Hood. Beautiful.

Mt. Hood

Sometimes I wish that I could see my life from this perspective—the big picture.   When we travel a road, we can only see what’s just ahead.  The bumps and curves sometimes take us by surprise.  If we could travel the same road—but with a bird’s (or a plane’s) eye view—we’d be better prepared for bumps.  And maybe, just maybe, we’d deal with them more effectively!  It doesn’t always make sense why things happen the way they do, but when you see things from above, everything just seems to make more sense.

Of course, I guess there’s probably a reason that God doesn’t provide us with a view from above.  If we knew what was coming, maybe we’d be tempted to take things into our own hands—and trust Him less.  We’d try to avoid the bumps, not understanding that we need to face them.  They’re a part of God’s plan.

“Dear Brothers and Sister, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy! For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.”  (James 1:3-5a)


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