At the end of March Tim and I had a day in London to celebrate his birthday. As Tim is a Building Surveyor, he is always interested in the modern designs of buildings across the capital, so what better place to visit than The Shard. We travelled smoothly up to Level 69 in two lifts changing at level 33; and the sights that awaited us were amazing as we climbed the stairs up to the open air Skydeck on Level 72. The views were breath taking and we could pick out many famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, The Gherkin, the Tower of London and Canary Wharf. Tim knew where The Oval was in relation to where we were, but we couldn’t see it; some of the more distant landmarks were also hard to see as there was a real haze over London.
Being so high up above all that was going on; watching the boats ply their way up and down the river and the trains go in and out of the station; people seemed a bit like ants, and I got to thinking about perspective. From where we were we could see so much especially how one train had to wait to let another go into the station before it could carry on along the track it was on. How often are we on a train and frustrated that it has been stationary for ten minutes? Or wondered why you are caught up in a traffic jam, and not moving, only to find that there was a horse, or a cow or sheep loose on the road? From a higher perspective, situations and frustrations can sometimes be seen with more clarity and understanding. So I got to thinking about how God sees things from his perspective, from the heavenly viewing platform, and how the things that we struggle with and frustrate us about our lives might have purpose or add value to our lives in the long run, if we could only see the long term view for ourselves. But, of course, we can’t!
Looking back to the story of Easter, Jesus’ disciples had no idea what was going to happen when they had seen him dead and buried in the tomb. Even when they met with the risen Jesus, alive and kicking, late on Easter Sunday, they had no idea of the huge significance this and their lives would have on the world, but it was all part of God’s great plan. When we see things from God’s heavenly perspective, we can find a relevance to some aspects of our lives that we have struggled through, and a hope for the future. Abraham was someone who let God show him a different way, God’s own perspective on his future, and then Abraham had to learn to trust him in his journey through life. Sadly, Abraham tried to take his future into his own hands, rather than trust, but God eventually brought Abraham through all his frustrations, so that looking back we can say “Well, of course, God kept his promise to Abraham!”. It can be like that for us. Trust (especially when we can’t see what is going on, or what the end story is) is hard, but when we do trust God, he is able to transform situations for our good and help us to see our own lives from a different perspective – his!