Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40: 12

 

Perspective can be frustratingly hard to find. Scale, especially when it comes to what is important, is often obscured by flawed reason and bias. We hold up our measuring tool to the dawn in order to grasp the potential that the day holds, and we are defeated before we start to journey through it. As the clock moves along we lay out the template of our past as a map to follow down the road known as today; yet, many of the turns that we take end up in wrong places.

 

At this point it becomes natural and easy to blame the journey itself for the struggle. We think that whatever failures and hardships we have endured and are encountering are the result of bad choices, poor decisions, or misdirection. This is the point where people often want to blame others for the poor input that we were given or for the evil intent that caused them to send us along this path. Yet, ultimately, we need to own our part in it all. Also, it helps to consider God’s role in the life that we are living.

 

The Lord probably didn’t choose the difficult place that we find ourselves for us, but He is in it with us. So, God can provide us with accurate tools for assessment, and His word lays out a plan for navigating through everything that is before us. The obstacle that stands as an unclimbable mountain before us is like a grain of sand from God’s vantage point. The flood of fear and doubt that is threatening to drown us is swallowed up by the Lord’s reason and peace. All of life can be brought into perspective when we turn our day over to God in humble submission to His will and in prayerful contemplation of His word.

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To Thee, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,

For Thou hast given me wisdom and power.

Daniel 2: 23

 

Everyone has a family history of faith, and it doesn’t matter if your parents and your grandparents knew God in a deep and an intimate way or not. For each of us who does know the Lord in this personally redemptive way is a direct descendant and a personal participant in a long line of people who have likewise been close to God. Their stories and my story are entwined by Christ’s redemptive love. I am truly thankful to God for the way that He has always been the active seeker of the hearts of people, and I am very blessed by the way that He has worked trough these people to make Himself more accessible and better known to me. God has caused others to write down their story of how they came to know Him, of what the Lord has done in their lives, and of the transformation that His love brought about in them. Then, He continually speaks to my mind to provide me with an understanding of these stories that makes them applicable to my life.

 

God wants to be understood and clearly available to all people. He doesn’t need the type of power that comes from being obscure; so, He makes the process of entering into a relationship with Him very simple. Then, God stays with us through the entire journey of life, and His loving grace continues to make it possible for even a person as flawed and weak as I am to stay in close relationship with Him. Thus, I am thankful to God for His love for me, for His desire to be close to me, and for His continued interest in my life. Additionally, I praise God for the amazing ways that He works in my heart and my mind on a daily basis to bring about an on-going process of growth and of movement toward His will.

 

It is through this process of recognition of all that God is in our lives that we come to a place where we are made open to the interaction of His Spirit in us. As I look at the stories of my spiritual fathers that are told in God’s word and as I reflect on the odyssey that is my own life, I am led to see the never ending and unfailing touch of the Lord’s hand at every turn of those roads. Knowing God is to know His power, mercy, grace, and love. Truly knowing God places me in a position to humbly allow Him to be my strength throughout the day.