WHAT IS IN YOUR LINE OF SIGHT?
I was just blessed by having the most incredible vacation! My husband and I spent the entire time with each other. We went to the coast; shopped; and put over a thousand miles on our car – together, just us. Though the places we went were wonderful, the biggest blessing was spending uninterrupted time with the love of my life. Well, yesterday was the last day of my vacation. So, my husband and I decided to take a day trip up to Mount Shasta. (Mount Shasta is about an hour north of where we live.) The weather couldn’t have been better and the views were beyond picturesque. As I was enjoying myself, I also picked up a life lesson while we were driving…
As we were driving up the interstate and as I was enjoying an uninterrupted view of Mount Shasta, my view became not so picturesque. We went around a bend and a “not so big tree” totally obscured my view. I know that experience is nothing out of the ordinary, but it got me to thinking. In life, God gives us some incredible “views”: glimpses of what await us in glory; hope; faith; unconditional love and acceptance; a knowledge that He will never leave us or forsake us… and the list could go on and on. Then “it” happens! The “it” being like that little tree that gets in between our view of God’s truth and what is right in front of us. We’re cruising along and a financial crisis happens; an unexpected illness; even a death. And, all of a sudden, all we see is the trial we are facing instead of God’s truth in the matter. Maybe we suffer a failure of our own making. Instead of seeing God’s forgiveness – we see FAILURE FOR LIFE written across our foreheads.
At Teen Challenge, our students have seen way too many obstacles and too few positive views. Coming from such shattered lives, it is often hard to see the positive or hope in many situations. One thing we stress to our students is to look to the author and finisher of their faith – not the circumstance. Also, that Christ is the source of peace – not man or circumstances. I love Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Friends we are not assured that there won’t be numerous obstructions along life’s highway, but knowing Christ, we know where our journey will end. AND…. there will also be some incredible views along the way. One last thing, if we look hard enough while we are traveling, I am sure there are travelers placed in our path that the Lord would have us help; and in the helping, we might find ourselves blessed in the process. #keepingGod’sperspective #God’sviewnotman’s