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A New Perspective

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

Hello It is Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Yesterday was HOT in Grants Pass! It was the hottest day of the year, so far. When I left work at 4:30 it was 104! My place is always 3 to 4 degrees cooler in the summer, and it was 101 at my house. Good thing I watered earlier that morning.

I want to talk about perspective today.

I told you about my neighbor who takes my trash and recycle cans up to the road for me. Well, I was late getting the trash out of my house yesterday evening and by the time I took my bag outside, the trashcans were gone. This morning, I loaded them in the trunk of my car and planned on driving them up to the road and depositing them there.

I have a backup camera for my car. It is mounted on the back of my trunk. This morning, because I had trash cans in my trunk, I could not shut my trunk. Thinking nothing of it, I started my car and put it in reverse. WOW! The color picture that appeared on my monitor was nothing like I was used to seeing.

With the trunk wide open, instead of seeing the gravel driveway, the tree trunks and the truck I must avoid, I saw nothing but tall pine trees, tree tops and blue sky. It was beautiful! I sat staring at it for a few seconds. It was a totally new perspective.

Those trees have always been there. I knew the sky was clear this morning, but from where I was sitting, it looked different. I had a new perspective.

I am very prone to motion sickness. I cannot sit in the backseat, and rarely in the front seat without driving. In fact, I am so prone to motion sickness that I have taken Dramamine at Disneyland just so I can ride the attractions, and, I have to turn my back on spinning rides at the fair. When Wendell and I would go anywhere, I would drive. Driving seems to be the trick otherwise it is not pretty.

My son Larry wanted to do something special with me for Mother's Day this year. He picked me up and the two of us drove to one of my favorite places to sit and eat. It is about 15 miles out of town and I was a bit worried that riding in the passenger seat would be too much, but it really went well. We waited 2 and a half hours before we left, without our food. I ended up cooking us a nice dinner at home but that is another story for another time, or perhaps not, but my point is as, I sat in the passenger seat of his rig, there and back, the passing scenery took on a whole new perspective. It had been a long time since I just sat and watched the world pass by. I had a new perspective on the trees and plants and the river. It was lovely. I enjoyed it immensely.

When is the last time you lifted your eyes? When is the last time you looked around?

We look down a lot! We look down to walk, brush our teeth, cook and eat. We look down at our phones and computers. We spend a lot of time looking down, or at the very least looking at the horizon as we drive. But how much time do we spend looking up? Or looking around?

I love to spend time in the Redwoods. I just tip my head back and gaze skyward at the massive trees and the tops of those giants.

I love to look up at the clouds. Since I was a child, I would find pictures and shapes in the clouds...still do

Isaiah 40:26, NIV "Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."

Raise your head; look up. I believe looking up is extremely important. We see things we might otherwise miss. A cloud formation, a jet trail, birds, a satellite. We are told to look up for the coming of the Son of Man!

“...and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity...people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world....And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” - Luke 21:25-28 ESV

In the Bible we are told many times to lift our eyes, to see the reality of God; to see His Creation and Creative Power.

Psalm 121:1-2, ESV "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth."

Look from a new perspective. Lift up your eyes! Look up.

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