I live in a four story apartment, nestled at the edge of the Burrard Inlet. Every room is privy to a view of the ocean.
It’s breathtaking, to say the least, and with every changing season, my awe of it’s Creator – my Creator- is renewed.
Today was no different. In fact, each morning this week I’ve found myself glued to the window just staring and reflecting; letting my heart overflow and my internal groans be lifted up in silent prayer.
I know that Holy Spirit speaks for me, but i’m just beginning to trust that in the silence, my connection is just as strong as in my spoken prayers.
The Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words. He who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God. – Romans 8:26 | The Voice Translation
This morning, I felt called to go outside – to go down to the waters edge. I wanted to immerse myself in the marvel – the colors, the sights, the sounds of creation. And so I did.
But when I got there, something struck me. Every thing looked different.
While still beautiful, albeit, it didn’t hold the same luster and sparkle as from above- from the view in my fourth story apartment. And then it hit me.
In my home, I get God’s perspective.
I see this postcard perfect picture the way he does -the way he designed it to look all together.
I see the harmony of every plant, land, sky and creature coming together to create one masterpiece.
I see the symphony of colours collide, reflect and complement one another in their totality. All parts of one whole.
But down here – from this limited view point – I’m only privy to parts of the whole. Standing this close, it’s far easier to zero in and focus on the individual pieces.
I forget about the big picture down here. I only see whats right in front of me.
It wont be until I walk further that I’ll see whats on the other side.
But from up there – from God’s perspective – I can see everything! I can see how it all works together for Good. The whole’s good.
I need this reminder this morning:
From my perspective, it’s far too easy to get caught up in the close and right in front of me. To zero in on me and forget all about the grandeur plan. To pay far too much attention to myself, forgetting that my life and my story, are one part – one creature, one plant, one colour hue – of a whole postcard perfect picture.
I am one part of a whole body and together – every part – will make up a perfect whole.
I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less.
A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.
If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell?
As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.
But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.
An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach.
When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons.
25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
27-31 You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this.
Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. – 1 Corinthians 12 | The Message Version
It was my reminder to rest from striving, to abide and seek Jesus and to release every plan, timeline and expectation to the grand orchestrator.
To trust God to use me – in his time and ways, exactly as he purposed and fashioned me – as part of his grandeur plan.
Pray with me, friend:
Lord, I remain in you, as you remain in me. I connect myself to the vine, so I may bear fruit. I cease striving and fighting this moment. I release the timelines i’ve created and the expectations I’ve put on you, myself and others. I will stop initiating and simply remain with you. Reclaim my soul, oh Lord, that it may cling passionately to you. I will not demand answers or try to control outcomes – in life or even in this moment, in my time with you. I will know and trust that you are God. I am not. I choose to abide – to remain, to stay and to connect with you. Move Holy Spirit in ways I can not imagine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.