Enjoying the View

My wife and I moved our youngest daughter into her dorm room at Appalachian State University a couple of days ago. The room she was assigned is very nice and as you can see from this picture, there is a large window that overlooks campus. We were commenting on how great the view was and how it would be nice to watch the sun rise and set from their room when my son Jacob came over and said, “What view? That hill is in the way!”

Most of you know that Jacob is autistic and what he was trying to say was that the mountain might block the view of the sunrise, but as often happens, the thought came out in a humorous way. But his funny exclamation caused me to think about how I see my life sometimes. Do I enjoy the view of God’s creation or do I obsess over the fact that there is a mountain in my way?

Honestly, I don’t like it when mountains appear in my life. Obstacles I have to find a way to overcome or get around or go through. It’s tough. It’s sometimes painful. And every life has them from time to time. The pressures of life, such as financial pressures, job stress, medical problems, family issues, grief, and others can at times become so overwhelming that it pose a threat to our body, our mind, health and our very survival.

But God reminds us in His Word that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) In other words, God sees the whole picture. He knows that the mountain is not all that there is. He knows that the mountain in our life is part of what makes the view (the whole picture of our life story) so beautiful. And He knows the mountain is not going to stop us if we turn to Him.

So the next time you face a mountain, remember that the mountains are what makes the view beautiful.

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:1-5)

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