I talked about it in yesterday’s post.
I must admit, though I get the concept intellectually – and know that I’ll never fully understand what things look like from God’s point of view – I still find myself trying to figure it out.
Yes, I see the irony – a human trying to “see like God!”
Maybe it’s the English major in me – I’m always trying to find “word picture” examples that help me grasp Biblical concepts. Not answers, just tools –
So, heavenly perspective – what might that look like?
I had an experience about a year ago that helped me understand a little bit better.
My dad and I were flying home from Chicago. I’m not a big fan of flying – so fortunately, I don’t have to do it very often! But when I do, I always try to grab the window seat! I just love looking out at the country passing by underneath. It’s fascinating to me. It’s so cool how everything grows smaller as we take off and climb – how everything grows bigger as we prepare to land.
So, on this particular trip, I was looking out the window as we began our descent to the local airport here in Orange County. The approach to John Wayne Airport requires a heading that comes over mountains, and then foothills, before reaching the suburban landscape of thousands of houses and buildings.
On this flight, I noticed a little road that wound its way around the foothills. And on this road, was one little car. I had a moment of clarity (they are few and far between – that’s how I notice them!).
From my perspective, I could see the WHOLE road. I could see where that little car had been 10 minutes ago, where it was now, and where it was going to be 10 minutes from now. In one glance, I could “see” the car’s past, present, and future. In some way, I was “removed” temporarily from the time and space that that little car occupied.
WOW! I thought…kinda like how God can see our WHOLE lives at the same time.
He doesn’t exist in time and space – so His view truly IS all-knowing. He sees the past, present, and future in one eternal “NOW!”
I got to thinking – what if there was a roadblock up ahead that temporarily closed the road? That little car wouldn’t know about it right now. It would be ten minutes before they encountered the delay. I knew about it – of course. From MY perspective, that roadblock was happening now.
But in ten minutes, that little car would encounter this circumstance.
And then there would be a choice to make.
Wait for the roadblock to clear, turn left, turn right, or go back the way they had just come, looking for another route.
The car could choose how to reach its destination, but the destination was still waiting at the end of that road.
In some small way, this really helped me understand heavenly perspective.
God sees EVERY moment of my life. He knows what’s “in the past.” He knows what’s happening “now.” And He knows what’s “up ahead.” The entire “road” of my life, if you will, is under His watchful care.
He knows, He SEES.
Me? You? We’re just driving the road, one mile at a time, with decisions to make along the way.
So what should we do?
I’m making sure that I have radio contact with that guy in the plane!!
I’m praying – all the time, in every moment, for each circumstance that comes along – “Lord, what should I do?”
The One who sees the ENTIRE road – the Sovereign Lord of Heavenly Perspective – will be gracious to lead us, to guide us…
…all the time, in every moment, for each circumstance that comes along!
And the destination??? An eternity in God’s Presence!!!
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