“I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where will my help come?
My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.”
“I have said these things to you so that you will have peace in me.
In the world you have distress. But be encouraged!
I have conquered the world.” –John 16:33
I returned last week from some time away in Alaska. That part of our country is vast and the beauty of God’s creation is breathtakingly beautiful. Beside the fabulous sights of wildlife and the spectacular glacier formations, I was taken in by the mountains.
Traveling up many of the mountain roads and stopping at overlooks to see the view from above the treetops gave a helpful lesson on perspective. From the heights, we can see things that are hidden from us when we are on the ground.
Another day was spent in Denali National Park in hopes that the clouds would clear to reveal peaks of the massive mountain. Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet. The mountain is at such a high elevation that it really has its own weather system. While the weather on the ground can be clear, the weather at the top of Denali can be cloudy and snowy.
When it seemed like the hope of seeing Denali might not happen that day, the clouds started to move away and the highest peak of the mountain began to be revealed. It reminded me of the importance of holding on to hope on those days when worry, stress and anxiety seem to get the upper hand or consume us.
At times, our perspective can change when we look at something from a different angle. Other times, it may simply be waiting for a different perspective to be revealed. In this week, may we take a step toward seeing things in our lives and in the world around us from a different perspective. May we be encouraged that God’s peace and perspective is there as our help and our strength.