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Perspective Makes All The Difference



Last week, I traveled to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We stayed in a cabin that sat at the top of a mountain. From the back porch, I could look down on a small group of cabins surrounded by thick woods.


I noticed that my higher vantage point helped me see an order and design that being in the middle of a thing would not. This simple idea prompted me to consider a deeper application.


It was a good reminder that not everything that happens in life is going to make sense. There won’t always be an obvious purpose for our experiences. We don’t have the higher ground perspective yet. We are still in the middle of it. Some events will loom large, seemingly disproportioned or out of place, or disconnected from everything else we experience. Some might seem ugly and ill-fitting. As we get older and wiser, we often gain elevation and perspective. But perspective like I had from the mountaintop may not be available to us this side of heaven.


God promises to work all things together for our good. Sometimes this is difficult to believe. To accept this about our personal pain and suffering means having faith that from a higher vantage point, there is order, structure and design. Pain and suffering can often be hard to understand, but perhaps we’re not yet meant to. One day we will see all the pieces of our lives at once rather than just the piece in front of us; we will have the higher elevation perspective. Until then, it may provide some comfort to remember that we only see in part, but God’s promise can give us a higher perspective.


I thought I would share a few photos from our trip to the Smoky Mountains.