Tuesday, October 06, 2009

God’s Eye View

This is my Grandparents church in rural Northwestern Minnesota.


My parents were married there. My Grandparent’s 50th Anniversary was there. I spent many summer Sundays and Christmases at that church. We always seem to be tied up on Sundays so my kids haven’t been there too much, but we were able to worship there this summer. (which makes my Grandma very, very happy!) My kids thought it was a very fancy church. When I told my aunt that she laughed. It’s all about perspective. To kids who worship in a high school every week Maple Bay Church is fancy!


I’ve been reading in Ezra about the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. After the city of Jerusalem and the original temple were destroyed and the Israelites were exiled to Babylon. They were allowed to return and rebuild when when Cyrus, King of Persia came to power.

They must’ve felt jubilant and justified as they returned on a mission to rebuild the Lord’s house. The temple was important to the Jews because it was God’s residency among them, the center of their worship. Maybe they expected the wind to be at their backs as they finally had the chance to fix things.

Shortly into the process, their enemies in the area began to make trouble for them. They pulled some strings and got the construction halted. It probably wasn’t how they expected things to go. There were 20 years between the start of the construction and its completion.

Why would God allow them to return just to halt their efforts and allow them to become discouraged? How much worse could things get? From destruction, to exile, release, begin rebuilding, stop, finish: 70 years! Then after Malachi’s prophecy: silence. They didn’t hear from God for hundreds of years.

We know from reading the New Testament and the prophets that God had a plan. He was orchestrating things for his ultimate plan: the coming of His son to be our Savior. But they didn’t know. They couldn’t see beyond their own circumstances.

And when I’m discouraged and feel like I’m moving backwards more than forwards I can’t see it either. Why do bad things happen? Why can’t I ever get ahead? When will this trial be over? What is God’s plan and purpose in all this?

I was wondering how my life might look from a God’s eye view. My attempts to do things seem to be frustrated. I don’t know why it all doesn’t unfold easier. I try to be more patient and I fail. I try to like being a homemaker but sometimes I don’t and I’m not that good at it. So I asked God to show me the big picture of my life, the God’s eye view.

What’s the purpose of my little life here, from His perspective? These are the things that he’s impressed on my heart through His word.

Glorify God and live a life pleasing to Him. Seek His forgiveness for my sins and allow Him to make me new. Love Him, follow Him. Put Him first.

Tell others about Him and His loving sacrifice. Show people my gracious and merciful God. Share with them how to have peace and hope. Encourage others to trust Christ and grow in Him.

Be a wife and mother who is a Godly influence. Serve and humbly work to meet my family’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

It’s funny that in the weeks I have been praying about this not once did I ever feel led to thinking about the things that usually frustrate me in my life. Things like having a clean, organized house, trying to make ends meet, having money for extra stuff, getting time to myself or fulfilling my desires. I think those are all things that my selfish, sinful nature and society tell me that I need. If I continue down that path it will never be enough. Maybe my frustration and discouragement is due to me looking at life from the wrong vantage point.

Society says: Stand up for yourself. Fight for your rights. Put yourself first.

The Bible says:

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Matthew 19:29-30

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:13-14

Society says: Do whatever it takes to get to the top.

The Bible says:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Society says: Be beautiful, well-dressed and in charge. Spend more time and money on your appearance than anything else.

The Bible says:

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Society says: Don’t waste all your time and energy to your family. Focus on your goals and dreams for life.

The Bible says:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Maybe you could use a God’s eye view too. Take some time and ask God to show you His plans and purposes for your life. You might be surprised like I was that my disappointments and hardships are part of something bigger. God’s plan is to make me more like Him and get me ready for forever with Him. We can’t see all the pieces from here on this earth,but we can trust His view from eternity.

It’s not over. There’s more to His plan. He’s coming back. Then we’ll see everything from the God’s eye view.

1 Peter 1:3-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kind of trials."

1 John 3:2

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

THat is pretty cute that they think that Maple Bay is a fancy church! The pictures are really good ones. I have a lot of great memories from there!