What’s Your View?

Mikel and I got to sneak away for a couple days. Finally. We’ve been trying to do that since October! And we’re staying at a place up on Lake Erie. The weather hasn’t been amazing. It’s been warm but cloudy and a bit rainy here and there. But hey – we’re away! And that’s all that counts.

And we had a great view!


When I booked the room, I specifically asked for a room not on the first floor with a balcony and a view of the lake. And that’s exactly what we got. It really is a great view. Much different from what I normally see, which is my neighbors’ houses across the street. I really wanted to see sunset from my room.



Yesterday afternoon, we were going to ride bikes down the lakefront path they have here, but it started to sprinkle after lunch, so we decided to wait. Mikel laid down for a nap. I came out on the balcony to read and enjoy the view while staying dry, which is always a plus.

It really was a great afternoon. Relaxing. Refreshing. Quiet. No schedules or deadlines. No running kids here or picking them up from there.

But what we found out we missed not 20 or 30 yards to the right of our spectacular view was an amazing display of nature. Blocked by the wall of the hotel was a waterspout over the lake. But it dissipated before I could see it from where I was sitting.

I was so bummed, but really all I could think of was the verse in 1 Corinthians, “Now we see in part.”

My view, as lovely as it was, is only a tiny part of the picture of the entirety of Lake Erie. It’s a big lake. There’s so much more to it than what I can see from where I’m sitting. So much more.

And it’s true of life too. We can only see the teensiest tiniest part of the view of our lives from where we’re sitting. God sees so much more. He’s got a spectacular viewpoint of the entirety of our lives.

He sees the end from the beginning. The miracle before it happens. The healing before it manifests. The provision before it arrives.

“You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb; every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life long before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.” (Psalm 139:16 Voice)

He knows how He is arranging and moving all the puzzle pieces of our lives around, making it good. Making it sweet. Making it a beautiful story.

If you don’t like your view today, go up a little higher and see it from God’s perspective. He can see the waterspout just past the wall. He sees all the cool things we can’t yet see.

Hold tight to Him. And remember what they say in the South – as my good friend Janet Roberts so eloquently shared with us this weekend – if it ain’t good, God ain’t done.

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