Rise Up, My Love (106): A Few Thoughts on Perspective

Seoul TowerSong of Solomon 4:8 “Look from the top…” Have you ever been to the top of a super tall building like Tokyo’s “Skytree” or the CN tower in Toronto? Last spring Alan and I watched in awe as little specks of human life bustled like streams of ants below us from the Seoul Tower in South Korea. Human beings shrink into miniature toys when viewed from such heights. They seem so…insignificant. Grand Tetons copyOne hundred plus story buildings are high, but mountains are higher! Have you ever taken a tram ride up the side of a mountain? My husband and I “flew” in a tram to the top of Grouse Mt. in Vancouver, B.C. where time seemed to stand still as we watched in silent wonder the panoramic view of mountains, city, and sea all being wrapped in a mantle of white. So silent! So still! There was no sound but that of the winds whispering through the pines. It seemed so…eternal.

I’ve stood breathless at the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, watching the seemingly infinite sea of humanity swarming below on a steaming summer night. They moved, but I could not; I stood transfixed by the sheer magnitude of God’s commission: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). I felt so…overwhelmed. Mountains from the air copyMountains are high,…but what about the view from a jet? From 32,000 feet, even the Rocky Mountains lose some of their glory. Mt. Rainier copy It was not until we started to come down for a landing that the magnitude of Mt. Rainier out our left window was suddenly impressive! From high in the air, the world seems so…small! Salt Map“What is man, that thou art mindful of him” (Psalm 8:4)? Once for a home schooling project, the children and I made a topographical salt map of America. After the map had dried, one of my sons was trying to brush away the specks of the salt/flour compound that were still clinging to the board, but without realizing it, he peeled off Manhattan and Long Island!

I complained: “Hey, buddy, you just wiped out millions of people!”

Iceland  copy“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering” (Isaiah 40:15-16). What will we see from the mountaintops? We will see the insignificance of man: he is just a speck of dust, his fastest car a toy, his biggest building just a few dots of light. From the mountaintop, time will stop. God’s view is an eternal view. All the clamor of the world is muffled into stillness, and only God speaks through the whispering of the winds. To view the world from the heavenly perspective is to understand our own nothingness…to find ourselves unable to fulfill his calling, his righteousness, his work. What is man? Nothing. What is God? Everything. New York CityKing Solomon must have had a glimpse of this heavenly perspective at the beginning of his reign when he prayed: “Thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). Garmisch 213King Solomon understood the gravity of his calling, and he wanted his spouse to understand and share in his sacred responsibility. That is why he invited her to “Come with me from Lebanon.” He knew that “Lebanon is not sufficient to burn!” The earth, with all its pleasures and comforts, is as nothing to God. Christ calls us to “Come with me from Lebanon” and view his kingdom and his work from the tops of the mountains…to understand and share in all the sacred responsibilities that are his as he rules the earth. Mt. Spokane copyGod answered Solomon’s prayer by a double blessing: “And King Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.” May we gladly come with our Lord up to the mountaintops to gain a heavenly perspective. May we wisely and boldly serve him all through this life, keeping our eyes on him and viewing the world through his eyes. As an encouragement, may we remember always that—just as God answered Solomon’s prayer—we will receive the double blessing of riches and wisdom, for in our precious husband, Christ, we have received a greater than Solomon “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), and of whom it is sung, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). Amen.

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