We frequently find ourselves on the top row in the gym watching our son play basketball. Why? It’s simple – the back row has a back rest – and we can lean back and put our feet up on the bleacher in front of us. You also get a GREAT view from way up high.
My husband Greg was commenting on this the other day. He said, “It’s interesting how you can see EVERYTHING from up here – our unique vantage point.” The players down on the court are limited to just those things immediately around them – or if someone moves out of the way long enough – they see clear to pass the ball – but not always. We yell at them, “pass the ball” or “GET THE BALL” thinking how easy it would be if they would just listen to us way up there – after all – we can see better than they can. Why won’t they trust us?
I believe life is something like this too. We get “bogged down” by the things that are immediately around us – problems and distractions of the day – emotional issues and physical pain – and we can’t see around them to brighter sunnier possibilities and and clear view to our world. We get frustrated by what we see right in front of us – rather than looking beyond what we see.
How much more then should we depend on our Heavenly Father? He has the ultimate seat in the house – the highest vantage point for all of our lives. He sees from the start to the finish and everything in between. He cheers us on knowing the clear path of our vision is just temporarily obstructed by others in the way – by events that drag us down and even “take us out” of the game. He encourages us to “pass the ball” – even though we don’t see clearly for ourselves. He lovingly guides us through murky waters of hurt and pain – and navigates us with clear direction and instruction – if we are open to listening to the great coach of our lives.
I am not always listening. I so often want to “pass the ball” before another is ready to receive it. I so often want to try for a basket – when one is not open for me – and someone “steals” it away and makes a score for the other team. I do not have the skill or experience that God does to show me the correct timing. And so I even “take myself out” for awhile – and those times are painful and hard. Patience has never been one of my good qualities. I want to DO SOMETHING!!! I want to “put myself” in the game – just so something can be happening – even if it’s wrong.
Because God can see the whole game of my life – and knows all the players on my team of life by name – I need to trust him and when He leads me to “pass the ball” then I need to be ready – and able to hear His voice. If I am not hearing – I may be missing out on a GREAT pass. And ultimately a great score and a win.
We need to look with better eyes than our small circle of circumstances – be willing to look beyond – to look from a higher place – to look with eyes like God. To find a place where we can see things from God’s Vantage Point.
I am praying for each of you today