A few weeks ago I was walking around the loading docks at the Elevation Church Matthews Campus getting ready to watch baptisms with my wife, Sandy, and stepson, Brody. As we stood around with hundreds of other people awaiting the baptism of family and friends, I noticed something very interesting. My wife and I were both holding Brody’s hand, but he couldn’t see anything. Instead of watching people get baptized, he was watching the backsides of people in front of him which was probably a bit chaotic. Once I noticed his awkward position, I picked him up and placed him on my shoulders so that he could have a better view.
While this situation may not mean much to most, God used it to open my eyes to something much deeper. Brody was missing the greatest moments because he was dependent on his own perspective and his own abilities. It was not until I picked Brody up on my shoulders that he was able to see the beauty of what was going on. He had a different perspective!
So many times in life, we are bombarded with the chaos of everyday life and our perspective is limited because we are only looking at life through our own eyes. All we see are the struggles, problems, drama, and challenges that we face on a regular basis. In order to get a better handle on life, we must find a way to see things from a higher perspective. Just as Brody had a better view from my shoulders, we will have a better view on life when we look at it from God’s perspective, a higher place.
In Luke 19:1-3, we see this exact scenario play out. The Scripture says, “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.“
I believe that most of us have trouble dealing with the circumstances in life because we are “smaller” than our challenges. The waves are larger than we are. The relationship you’re in seems like it will never get better. You’ve found yourself so far in debt financially, you don’t think there is a way out. Your children don’t respect you the way you feel you deserve. The job you keep trying to get never seems to work out. Whatever the challenge or circumstance, climb up on the shoulders of Jesus, and look at things from HIS perspective.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Don’t live your life with a limited viewpoint. Look through the lens of Christ and see that there is purpose in every circumstance and that He is preparing you for what He has prepared for you!