Standing at the top of a lighthouse almost three hundred feet above sea level, and watching the sun inch its way up from the horizon, was a magnificent scene I’ll never forget. Eighty plus years have passed since the days when I joined my father to view that scene time and again.
Horizons have always fascinated me, whether on land or sea. Sometimes they seem so far away, whereas at other times, they appear to be at arm’s length. Those that are far removed allow for the broadest perspective and the end result is that we gather much, but lose out on detail. When the horizon is limited, we learn to focus on the immediate, the closeness. In the process of traveling, sometimes we are climbing, and at other times we are descending. A sharp turn and suddenly we are struggling to absorb this new horizon.
While I probably favor the more panoramic landscape, I recognize that frequently I learned the most when there was not as much to behold. In those places, I began to explore in more detail my surroundings. Things I had not seen before suddenly appeared. I recognized that they had been there all along, but only the big things had caught my attention.
How about a look from a fresh perspective: “Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you can add a single cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil or spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father know that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34 NASB)
It can be exciting to see the big things of life and forget the more important things. A fresh look at how God wants us to see things is essential in this hour.