The View From Above

October 2, 2017
by Robin Ross

This past summer, friends of ours flew in unexpectedly to nearby Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for a holiday. By the time that we had found out about their visit, they had already rented bicycles and cycled all around the lengthy Vancouver seawall. With our car, we arrived and chauffeured them around the city to see the sights. In Stanley Park, we stopped to see the totem poles, and then we took them to Prospect Point, which overlooks Lion's Gate Bridge and the mountains of North Vancouver. The lady was enthralled with the view, and stood there for the longest time, taking it all in. Finally, she explained what was going through her mind.

"When I was cycling under this bridge on the seawall, I remember looking up at this really steep cliff, and wondering what's up there. Now, as I'm standing here, I'm trying to fit it all together, and I realize that I'm now looking down on the area where I was looking up before. I now have a more complete idea of how it's all laid out, and it's all making sense."

As I considered her words, I realized that her dilemma, viewed from below, is like the experience that we have of life, restricted as we are by time and space. Not everything makes sense, and we have a lot of unanswered questions about what it all means. Meanwhile, God, looking down from the vantage point of eternity, sees everything at a glance, and knows exactly how it all fits together, and what His purpose is in the events that He allows to happen.

One of the biggest challenges that we human beings have is accepting that God is in control of our lives, and learning how to trust that God is loving, kind, wise, and good in what He allows to happen to us. Our viewpoint on life is so limited, and in the absence of complete information, we are so tempted to ascribe unworthy motives to Him, or to assume that He doesn't care about us or answer our prayers. On the contrary, He loves us dearly — so dearly that He would send His Son Jesus to sacrifice His life so that we could experience forgiveness and a close relationship with God.

Let us treasure these promises from the Lord:

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (NKJV)

Prayer: Lord, forgive us for those times of trial and uncertainty in which we doubt Your good intentions and plans for our lives. Reassure us of Your abiding love for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Robin Ross <rross@telus.net>

Mission, British Columbia, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen.


    Good word Robin!


    Wonderful words Robin.


    Good perspective Robin. God bless.


    Wow – another wonderful reminder that God cares and knows us. Love that Jeremiah 29:11 verse that keeps popping up!


    Hello Robin:
    What a great story with which to begin this week.
    Thank you.
    (ON)


    Robin
    I have been to all those places some years ago.
    So that makes your insights especially meaningful.
    Thank you.


    Robin – thanks for this devotional. You displayed a great allegory btw your friend’s view and that of God’s view. A hard message to understand and live by sometimes. Thank you for this poignant reminder. May God bless you for all the work you do for this ministry.


    Wow. Talk about timing…. I am in the midst of watching the news and the mass shooting at the Las Vegas music festival where 50 plus and more than 200 were injured. My heart just breaks for the families that have lost
    loved ones there.


    Dear Robin,
    I read your devotional and I have to agree on your point you made. It also reminded me of a book I read some time ago called: “The Shack” by Paul Young. The main character struggles with the same situations which are in your devotional. Thanks for reminding us that God is good and omnipresent.


    Thank you so much for this devotional. Just before I began to read I was asking how the Lord could have taken a young boy to heaven when so many prayers ascended for his healing. I know I must look for the view from above.
    Thank you again for encouraging us to look for the view from above.


    You did well.


    Hi Robin,
    Good devotional about trusting God. One of my favorite hymns is “Simply Trusting every Day.”
    It fits almost every situation
    Thank you for writing.


    Dear Robin,
    My brother and his family have several times taken me to see the sights you tell of in your devotional.
    Visualizing your illustrations, helps me to appreciate your application all the way from:
    God, knows exactly how it all fits together, and what His purpose is in the events that He allows to happen.
    to:
    God, looking down from the vantage point of eternity, sees everything at a glance, and knows exactly how it all fits together, and what His purpose is in the events that He allows to happen.
    and:
    He loves us dearly – so dearly that He would send His Son Jesus to sacrifice His life so that we could experience forgiveness and a close relationship with God.
    Thank you for your devotional.


    Thank you for this inspiring account Robin.
    Bless you in this service you do for the Lord, and thank you for all of your patience in editing the submissions.

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