Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bahamian Soaring

I must have a thing for flying, because that’s exactly what it felt like.

My nephew was getting married, so I had to go—right? Just because it was in the Bahamas was no reason to turn the invitation down. Besides, I am a pretty self-sacrificing kind of person, so if supporting Brandon meant I had to go to Nassau, so be it. Don’t feel too sorry for me…this is the picture from our hotel window.

  Nassau

Anyway, one of the things I really wanted to do was parasail, so the day after the wedding my husband, Alan, and I decided to go for it. A jet ski took us out to the parasail boat, where they belted us up and clamped us to the tow rope. The line connecting us to the boat gradually lengthened, and I really did feel as free as a bird. It wasn’t the adrenaline rush like I’d felt while skydiving (http://www.aneverydayvoice.com/2013/02/free-falling.html), but more of a serene, peaceful experience. Effortlessly sailing through the air, all I could hear was the wind whistling in my ears, and Alan’s deep voice as we pointed out the sights to each other.

parasailing

From about 150 feet in the air I could see many of the same things I’d seen on the ground: the beach lined with sand chairs, the hotel, and the cabana where the wedding had been held. But none of them looked the same. Being so far above it all brought a new perspective. The things that had seemed so big on the ground, really weren’t. And there was actually a lot more to see from up there; other hotels, the tiny island that Eddie Murphy had bought nestled off-shore, the cruise ships anchored in the bay, and all the amazing shades of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. It was incredibly beautiful. It was definitely a bigger picture than I could possibly imagine from the ground.

When I spend time with the Lord, something similar happens.

I recognize that some of the things that seem so big and overwhelming in my life, really aren’t. Circumstances don’t change and challenges are still present, but they shrink in the light of His presence. My own perspective changes because I’m looking at things through the filter of His. I am assured that He sees the big picture as well as all the details, while I only see what is right in front of me.

The small things stay small. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”                                      Romans 11:33-34

Further reflection:

  1. Are there things in your life that feel bigger than they really are?
  2. How does spending time with the Lord change that perspective?

Father, I am so grateful that You welcome me into Your presence. You know all things, and all things are under Your control. Thank You that when I am with You, things assume a right perspective.

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