There is just something in my soul that sometimes soars when I’m in a different landscape than the one to which I am accustomed. It certainly happened when I first saw this mountain in Montana. But it also happened on the drive out as we were heading west across the great high plains of North Dakota. The weather was clear and the sun was setting. The landscape there is so different, so flat and with no trees or buildings or anything to get in your way; you do feel like you can see forever. And it is that sense of being caught up in the vastness of the plains that I think sent me soaring. It lasted just a moment (mostly because I was driving) but in that moment something was stirred that moved me at such a level that words fell short as I tried to describe what I was feeling to Katie. I simply said, “Boy, you can get perspective out here.”
I want to encourage you to consider what in your life provides a needed sense of perspective. Perspective might be described as how you see or feel about the world or your life or your place in creation. It’s deep stuff. And I think in the unfamiliar vastness of the great high plains and the majesty of those mountains I recognized at a deeper level that words cannot always convey that I am, we are something more than the things we do, or the obligations that consume us, or the roles that identify us, or even the passions we pursue. We are connected somehow to all this, to the setting sun and the soaring mountain.
Now I know that this isn’t particularly relevant to many of you reading this, and yet nothing could be more relevant on a Thursday afternoon at what we hope is the tail end of a long winter. You see when we are blessed with the experience of perspective I believe God is revealing in fleeting glimpses to us what really matters in our life.
For the next several weeks in worship we will be exploring how God provides perspective and how we can not only connect to, but also participate in what God has intended for all of creation.
Keep the Faith!