Week 38 Friday

Perspective

Today’s scripture selection: Amos 5-9

Key verses: Amos 5:8

There’s no doubt about it.  Sometimes life can be a little overwhelming.  There are moments; hours; days; months; even years when just putting one foot in front of the other becomes a monumental task.  That’s when what is desperately needed is a fresh perspective.

Amos, the shepherd prophet, offers just such a change in perspective:

“He who made Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the LORD is his name.”

I can picture him, can’t you?

A shepherd – out in the wilderness with his flock – looking up at the stars at night or out over the ocean far below from some mountain vantage point.

And as he looks out over that expanse – the size of the towering clouds; the depth of the waters; the constellations in all their magnificence – one thought fills his mind – God.

In our modern, often cramped world of cubbyholes and slums; of dead ends and one way streets, it’s difficult to gain such a heavenly perspective.

But it is always there.

With a little faith and a little more vision – it is there for the viewing.

So look up now and then.

Look up both literally and figuratively.

Take it all in – take Him in – and breathe a prayer of thanks.

“He who made Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn…”

The LORD is his name – and He is in charge.

From that perspective, nothing is overwhelming.

Prayer: Awesome God, thank you, for the vision to see your universe in all its beauty.  AMEN.

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