This past summer my family and I took a road trip to Utah, Moab to be exact.
We drove through the Rockie mountains before the sun came up.
I was wide awake and excited to see God’s beauty displayed in the morning light.
Even in the dark my heart grew with anticipation.
The girls settled in the back seat hoping to get more sleep while Tony and I talked about the journey up ahead.
A couple of hours had passed quickly when suddenly, I caught a glimpse of the dawn rising.
With every mile behind us the sky turn from dark to light streaking its colors across the horizon.
It was as though God took his hand and began to paint the sky a pale pink that reminded me of a baby girl’s blanket. The clouds were like soft pillows begging me to rest my head.
O how beautiful is His creation.
For miles the sky changed like a film strip presenting the next scene.
I sat there in awe wishing to paint what my eyes had encountered.
God created everything and he said, “It is good.”
There are times in my life when I don’t see the good.
There are times when my perspective is tainted, my heart is hard and the words I speak crush.
That weekend God spoke many times to my heart.
“Jamie slow down, enjoy the moments and take a look at your perspective.”
What’s wrong with the way I see things?
So the lessons over the weekend began.
We settled into our cozy cabin for the first night after a day of sight-seeing and small hikes.
I laid there in the dark listening to my young adult daughters giggle as though they were little girls, telling silly stories of long ago. I smiled and was grateful we decided to make the trip.
The next morning we rose again before the light of day and headed out for more.
Coffee, a glorious sunrise, and hand in hand with my love is my favorite way to spend the morning.
The cool air beckoned us to start the long trek up the slick-rock slab to find the delicate arch.
The girls hurried up ahead leaving us to walk at our own pace, Oh to be young again.
Once we got to the top of the slick rock we could see the La Sal mountains in the distance. The trail dropped off steeply to the left, with a huge wall on the right. There is no view of the Delicate arch as you climb.
My mind started to wonder If this was worth it.
As a mom I began to panic about our girls who must have forgotten about the rule we’ve always had when hiking. If you can’t see mom, you’ve gone too far.
Tony reminded me they are not babies anymore. They’ll be fine.
The voice whispered in my heart again, “Jamie slow down, enjoy the moment and look at your perspective.”
I realized my perspective was about as slanted as the rock I just climbed.
Sometimes I see only what’s in front of me and I make my decision based on my one-sided view. There are times I get discouraged because the climb is too steep, the journey is too long and it doesn’t seem to be worth it.
“Lord help me to see through the eyes of a grateful heart,” I whispered.
As we continued to wind around the bend hugging tightly to the red rocks, out of nowhere the Delicate Arch emerges. It’s form stood 52 feet reaching the heavens and it was far from delicate.
My perspective had changed in a second. I turned the corner in my discouragement and there it was, the beautiful rock formation I had read about.
A smile stretched across my face, the small beads of sweat rolled down my back. The hard work was worth it.
We walked over to the arch stood under its majestic bend and snapped as many photos as we could. We touched its pillars and sat looking out into the canyons for a long while.
I realized in that moment, perspective does matter in everything I do.
The things I tell myself, the attitude in my heart, and the way I live matters to God, to the people around me and to myself.
How often negativity comes in to steal our joy.
Our frequent discouragement keeps us bound up.
Everyone feels this way at some point and time. The important thing is not to stay there too long.
God’s word is a life changer, a mood lifter, and peace giver.
When the worst has happened to you, the bible says in Genesis 50:20
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”
Even when we go through hardships Psalm 23:6 reminds us, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
When we look at our life through the word of God he helps change our perspective, he reminds us that he is for us. Lamentations 3:58 “You have taken up my cause, O Lord you have redeemed my life.”
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite, because the truth is no matter what I’m facing God says, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Even when life doesn’t make sense God reminds us “All things work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Through my perspective I can be discouraged, feel sad, and be irritated.
But with God I am hopeful and grateful. There’s a sense of joy and peace that walks with me through the difficulties.
So what’s your perspective look like from where you’re standing?
Is it time to change your view?
Are you ready for a majestic view?
Go ahead pick up your bible and start reading.
Slow down, enjoy the moment and change your perspective.
Praying for you today,