November 19th, 2013
Normally, I’m an aisle girl. I like seeing what’s happening in the space around me. Last month I did a lot of travelling (enough that I started recognizing the Starbucks staff at the B gates) and ended up at the window for a handful of flights. I’d forgotten how inspiring it is to watch the world go by from 30,000 feet, so much so that I didn’t listen to my iPod nor watch the in-flight movie – just stared out the window.
You’ve likely also experienced this, but I want you to picture it now. Remember what it’s like to see Mt. Rainier from above – or to fly across the plains of America and see mile after mile of geometric farmland. Perhaps you last flew at night and saw how the darkness is slowly interrupted by lights here and there, and then overwhelmed by the grid pattern of a city.
Sitting in my little corner of a Boeing 747, I was reminded how beautiful the country’s landscape is with its rolling hills, meandering rivers, deep canyons and expansive flat space. In addition to being awe-inspiring, however, this perspective is also limiting. At one point, I struggled for minutes to discern cars and semis on an interstate below, only really able to “see” them from the sun’s reflection on their roofs. And while I could see skyscrapers and shopping malls, I couldn’t see the people in them.
The Bible tells us that God’s perspective is infinite. God sees both the sharp mountain peaks AND the people hiking them. God sees the baseball diamond AND the kid up at bat. The first half of Psalm 139, written by King David says: O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (New Living Translation)
God’s perspective is not limited as ours is. I hope it is a comfort for you that God knows what’s on your mind and in your heart right now, as well as how that all weaves into the larger picture of His plan for you. And you know what’s amazing? He knows those things about the person sitting at the next desk over. And the person you last spoke with on the phone. And the billions of people you’ll never meet. Today I’m thankful that God has both a window seat on the world as well as a magnifying glass view of my heart.
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