Bird's Eye View

By: Kristen L. McNulty

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Recently I took an airplane ride from my hometown to Toronto. I was fortunate to get a window seat and during the whole ride, my eyes were glued to the landscape passing below.

During this ride, something struck me though. And that's how similar everything looks from the air. On the ground, one house can look so much bigger and more impressive than the next, but at 25,000 feet, they all look the same. From a birds eye view a $50,000 home and a $1,000,000 home look the same. A $20,000 Ford looks the same as a $90,000 Mercedes. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

The truth is if we were all to take a birds eye view over our lives from time to time, I think we'd be shocked at what we'd find. That fight that sparked years of silence might suddenly look a little silly. That job that you poured all your time and energy into may look no different than the job that your neighbour holds. The relationship that you didn't want to let go of might just look like it isn't worth holding on to. Life could look a lot differently if only we'd step back sometimes and get some perspective.

And maybe that's the reason why it's so important to be following God every single step of the way. Because doesn't He already have that birds eye view? And even better than that, He can see through any uncertainty.

He can see through the options we're presented with: where to work, which school to go to, who to marry. He knows where we'd be better off and He can see the road around the bends of life.

So knowing all of this, doesn't it just make since to involve Him into every part of our lives?

Psalm 139:3 tells us: "You chart the path ahead of me and tell me exactly where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am."

Every moment He knows where we are and every moment He knows where we need to be heading. That's the kind of direction that even mapquest can't provide!

So today, take a step back and do your own "birds eye" look at your life. Examine where you're spending your time, money, and energy. And invite God to be a part of your everyday. After all, there's no better person to give directions than the One who built the roads!

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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.