Thursday, August 20, 2015

The UP Perspective

It only takes a moment to change perspective.
Sitting on the plane, we see the tarmac 
and the gates and the baggage handlers.
In minutes, we see the entire city and
the lake, mountains, and bridges.
I love how things becomes smaller
as my picture becomes bigger.
If only we could climb in an airplane
every time we needed to see differently.
There are days the tarmac is all I can see.
Or that thing that seems so big.

One day while out with my daughter,
she took a picture of me at a coffee shop. 
When I looked at the picture, I was like,
"Can you make me smaller????"
It was so close up and I was larger than life.
Well, not with this lens, she informed me.

And that’s how I feel when a problem is
bigger than life, taking my entire field of view.
God reminds me that I can't change it
with the lens I have on.
I need the wide-angle lens, the view from up, 
where everything gets a better perspective.
His perspective. 

Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, 
absorbed with things right in front of you. 
Look up...and see things from His perspective.
Colossians 3:1-2

I need to remind myself to stop looking down,
absorbed with things right in front of me.
That lens is designed to make things look
bigger than they really are, 
bigger than the grace available.
Time to switch out the lens.
The wide-angle perspective of UP 
is so much better.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Looking Forward To It

“But this one thing I do:
forgetting what’s behind me,
and looking forward to 
what lies ahead…" 
Phil 3

This life is composed of 
all that's behind us, all that we're in, 
and all that lies ahead.
A trinity of tension keeps those in order.

The farther we walk down this road, 
the more time we can spend 
on “what lies behind."
There's a lot of stuff back there.
Every fiber of our being is attached to it,
but it's all changing and we don't always
know what we're supposed to do with it.
We can feel stuck in the present
because all we know is what is behind.
And what lies ahead is fuzzy at best.
We need more than inspiration 
on Instagram or quotes on Pinterest.
We need grace and prayer,
and declarations of His faithfulness 
etched onto our hearts 
so we can look forward again--
and actually look forward to it.
So that the tension between past, 
present, and future is rightly ordered.
Paul declares in Romans 5:
"There’s more to come!"

Every change presents a message:
we are alive and have a chance to grow.
With gratitude and expectation,
I have been learning to embrace what’s next
and have it written on my heart that I am 
“looking forward to all that lies ahead."
Every great adventure begins there.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Beyond Our Lens

The story of redemption is always bigger 
than the scene we are currently watching.
It may look it's all crumbling around us, 
like everything we were hoping
for just isn’t going to happen.
We can get pretty focused on
what's inside our frame.
And lose sight of what's happening 
just beyond our understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. 
Never lean on your understanding. ~Prov 3:5
Our mind is a beautiful thing.
But it doesn’t see the big picture.
Many things happen just beyond its lens.
The problem is that I'm usually trying
to figure out "that thing,"
the thing I've been wrestling with.
But often He is doing something 
outside the scope of my lens.
Oh, doubting and distressed heart,
this is not a good time for you to
lean on what you think you know. 

The good news for me is that
I don’t know very much these days.
God has been stripping me of all
that has not been anchored in
His supreme goodness and grace
so that trust would be my strength--
even against all I think I know.

God's stories always end in redemption.
Sometimes we need to switch out 
our telephoto for the wide angle,
and go beyond understanding to the place
of complete trust in His ability to redeem.
Our hearts must inform our minds
that trust is the order of the day.
Every single day.