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A Higher Perspective

We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!  1 Corinthians 13:12 THE MESSAGE

Photo courtesy of morguefile and placardmoncoeur.Cotton-candy clouds danced beneath the small airplane—fluffy white stepping-stones leading straight into heaven. Some rose hundreds of feet in the air like massive snow sculptures pointing the way. Others floated by my window on a lazy blue sky and seemed so real I could reach out and touch them. When we flew directly into one, it swallowed us, then quickly dissipated and moved out of our way.

The lush landscape beneath was broken by highways, rivers, patches of brown, and various shades of green. Housing developments and business complexes were laid out in perfect geometric fashion, as if designed by a master architect. Tiny cars crept along the roadways like a parade of ants searching for food. The higher we rose in the air, the smaller the trappings of this world appeared. The brightness of the sun reflected the majestic beauty of God’s creation … and my perspective on life shifted.

Sometimes I get so caught up in my own little world, I forget the bigger picture—the enormous, grand scheme of eternal things. Everyday life can become mundane and predictable. Problems can seem enormous and insurmountable. This is when I need to rise above the routine and get a different perspective—a view from above.

The Bible says we see only in part. God sees the whole picture, painted with His eternal plan and purpose for our life. At times, He allows us a glimpse into the vastness of His kingdom and the reason for which we exist. In His loving and gentle manner, He reminds His children it’s not about us—it’s about Him … His plan … His purpose.

My walk with God is much like my flight. Just as things appeared smaller from thousands of feet in the air, the closer I draw to my Father, the smaller and more insignificant my problems become. That’s when I’m reminded God is sovereign and holds my life in His hands. He is concerned about everything that concerns me. Nothing escapes His attention. Floating high above the clouds brings a sense of awe and wonder. Trusting God and walking hand in hand with Him brings joy, peace, and an assurance that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.

Rise above your problems today by letting God give you a divine, eternal perspective.

Father, may we always see through Your eyes and gain a heavenly perspective as we walk through this life.  

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and placardmoncoeur.)

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an author, freelance editor, workshop leader, and writing mentor with a passion to encourage other writers and help them sharpen their skills. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has been published online and in numerous anthologies. She is the author of Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard, The Gift and Praying for the Prodigal. For more information or to contact her, visit www.andreamerrell.com or www.thewriteediting.com.


  1. Andrea....thank you so much for the reminder. As God has a way of doing, He brought this message to me through you just when I needed to hear it. Blessing to you.