From a friend’s point of view, as he glanced into the church before the service started, he thought one of the old members was about to die. Through the door he saw the elderly man drop slowly to his knees. As he moved towards the man to help him his panic turned to a smile as he began to see things from a different perspective. From my point of view the elderly man was not dying, he was dropping to his knees to receive my daughter as she raced towards him to give him a hug. These two like to hug eye to eye.
This is how I can best describe the world we live in also. We have just celebrated Easter when death and sin have been defeated on the cross by Jesus. Yet we still experience the pain and hurt caused by sin, we still mourn those who are lost. You see from God’s perspective, at the finish line, on the other side of eternity He can see that it is finished, the job has been completed. Yet we stand looking from the other side, from a different angle.
From the cross Jesus said it is finished:
John 19: 28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
From God’s perspective everything that needs to be done has been done in Jesus. He sees things from a big picture, whereas we are engrossed in every pixel of our own lies and pain.
Lord, help me see things as you do and to once in a while glimpse your big picture and victory so that I don’t get so engrossed in every little bit of my own dramas. If you say it is finished, I choose to believe things from your perspective.