You've got to jump in to get the big picture...

ImageI want to start today by sharing this picture with you.  For me…this picture represents conquering fears and gaining perspective

This is the view from atop the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO.  Last spring, I had the opportunity to pass through St. Louis on my way back home from Tulsa.  Please know that you just cannot drive through St. Louis without stopping to see the marvelous Arch.  It is the highest piece of architecture around and its visibility spans for MILES! 

Once the arch is in your sight line…it then becomes an electro-magnet that draws you in.  We fell victim to its pull and just had to check it out. 

Inside of the arch is a network of cable cars that take the most daring of observers to the top.  Oh my.  I desperately DID and DID NOT want to be one of those observers at the same time.   After waffling for a while, I ended up taking the cable car to the top…snapping this piece of evidence…and then returning as quickly as possible to more solid footing…ha! 

Here’s what I learned…sometimes you have to ENTER INTO something to gain a better perspective.  Like the Arch, once we were inside of it, we were able to see the beauty of the city, while also appreciating the amazing engineering within the Arch, with richness and clarity.  It is a memory I will never forget!    

The picture always changes with where you place yourself to view it. 

This week, we’ve been challenged to picture ourselves within the scriptures.  We’ve been given the task of trying to dive deeper into Biblical stories by assuming the roles of the characters themselves in an attempt to gain a better perspective.

I hope that you’re seeing, like I’m seeing, that the Bible is full of people just like you and I…people who make mistakes and who waffle… who try to do the right thing and are met with successes and failures.   Real people who lived real lives. 

From this perspective, we come to know a God of grace and acceptance…who takes us in our weak state while never failing to lift us up and give us true perspective from his perfect vantage point, high above what we can see from our own point of view.

I love it.  Like the Arch taught me…you’ve got to jump in to get the big picture

This Sunday, we’ll talk more about “seeing what God wants me to see.”  Come for a fresh lift in perspective!  Invite a friend…it will be an amazing weekend!

I hope to see you at Forward Hall on Sunday : 11AM or 5 PM.

Psalm 25:4-5 – Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.