We have had a few heavy dumps of snow recently and it is amazing how it changes the scenery. The same views that you see everyday take on a new perspective – fresh, stark, beautiful, the mud covered, the scars in the landscape transformed,
I also recently took my walk the opposite way round and it is amazing how strange that was, the path was different , the view different, the way different, the perspective changed – fresh, and new.
How good would it be then to look on life, the world, our peoples from a different perspective, from God’s perspective. ? How can we do this? By finding the heart of God, by drawing near.
First of all we read often that Jesus withdrew by himself, went to a quiet place and prayed , He had that need to escape from the clamour of the crowds to hear His Father’s voice. And then he tells us :
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. (Mk 6:31)
Come away, come to a place where the world is not clamouring after you, where its influence grows dim, come to a place where the lies of Satan are silenced, come to that place where you can put your thoughts aside and can see things from God’s perspective .
It is like the time Elijah looked for God on the mountain (1 Ki 19:1-18) , he had been inward looking, could only see things from his own perspective and it lead him to despair. He thought he was the only one being true to God, the only faithful disciple. He had to come to a place where he could find God, get a change of perspective and a dose of reality. So he looked, but God was not in the strong wind, he looked but God was not in the earthquake, he looked but God was not in the fire, no God was found in a “low/gentle whisper”, in a place of quiet. And what Elijah discovered was a different perspective – he was not alone after all, there were 7,000 faithful folk not bowing the knee to Baal!
So my friends that is what we need to do, to come to that place where we still our souls and hear that low, gentle whisper and get God’s perspective on our situations. We need to come away with Jesus to a quiet place and rest AWHILE, till we hear things which turn our perspective round.