The cloudless blue sky gleamed as I sat at the busy intersection waiting for the light to change. A single line of white smoke trailed behind the tiny speck of a plane making its assent to the heavens. This scene reminded me of the truth that the longer we can maintain a sustained resistance the greater and broader our perspective becomes.
When you think about it it’s really incredible how much energy has to be exerted by a plane to become airborne. On the other hand, I observed seagulls in the distance simply flopping around and then soaring several hundred feet into the air above me. In the same manner, the longer those birds can maintain a sustained resistance the higher the can go.
I use to travel quite often by plane in a previous job. I can tell you once we were airborne my thoughts were no longer fixed on the city we just left. This tangible increase in perspective allowed me to see my life challenges and problems from a more global point of view. The higher we traveled the better my perspective.
Perhaps that’s why God never stresses over any of our cares. His point of view is astonishing. Scripture tells us that He sees the end from the beginning. How amazing is that? Incredibly we are also told, God also knows the number of hairs on your head and mine.
If we truly want to be Christ-like, we need to keep a better and higher perspective. The question is will we be willing to the face resistance needed to rise and grow? Scripture tells us Jesus endured the pain while despising the shame. He bravely faced conflict and opposition refusing to cave under pressure. God Himself invites all Christ-Followers to share in His sufferings. Are you ready to grow higher?
Dear Father, I ask today that you strengthen your people for the struggles and battles we will face in the future. Remind us of the benefits of getting a higher broader perspective. Continually show us that everything we need for any challenge in life is found in You and Your strength. For it’s in the Strong and Mighty Name of Jesus that I ask this. Amen.