I ran across this photo of our front yard as I was organizing my photos today.
Sometimes I look out and see my son chasing (or being chased) by our dog or my daughter sitting on the swing with a friend. I can see the driveway as people come and go and I always seem to look up just when our sweet mail lady leaves something in the box by the road.
From this vantage point, I see a bigger picture than I would see on the ground. I see things "in context", if that makes sense at all.
It reminds me how grateful I am that there is One higher than I Who watches over me. When I can't see past my immediate situation, my Father in heaven is there, knowing all that has been and all that will be in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. From God's perspective, every moment is fresh and full of possibilities and nothing is random or out of control. Most importantly, just as I look on my children with such overwhelming love as they laugh and play and trust, my Heavenly Dad delights in me simply because I am His.
There's a little verse trying to make it's way out of my head today. It's nothing fancy, but it expresses a bit of what's on my heart:
On days when I don't understand
I place my life in your strong hands
And trust that from your throne on high
You see and know the reason why
Then, safely resting in Your grace,
I sense a smile upon Your face