See him? Do you see my sweet grandson way, way up in the tree? Look again. He’s there. And boy, is he up there!!!
When I watch him scamper up the tree in person, I hold my breath and pray for his safety. Without a care in the world, he’s up in the top branches in no time. And the word that comes to my mind is FEARLESS. While perhaps the word that comes to his mind is “FUN.”
As a grandma, it’s difficult to watch an almost 8-year-old climb so high. I fight the urge to yell “Be careful, look out, take your time…” Even if his physical ears can hear me, his “listening” ears are totally tuned out at the moment. So, I keep quiet, watch, and try to enjoy seeing him have a blast.
When I was his age, I was climbing trees all over the neighborhood. It never dawned on me that it could be dangerous. It was just so much fun to reach a perch above the neighboring roof lines and get to enjoy the view and perspective only attainable by being so high above the ground.
On the ground and looking up, I have no way to really assess how Callan is doing. I can’t possibly know if he is as secure as he thinks he is. I can’t judge if this is a good idea or not. I can’t predict if a limb will snap, falling to the ground along with him. And that’s because I just don’t know.
From experience, I can have a rough idea…
…remembering how I felt when I used to climb trees. I can use math to try to calculate weight and mass. I can make an assessment based on his athleticism. And I can even project my own insecurities and make him come down. The fact is, my perspective is too limited to make proper assessments.
But I have a Father in Heaven who has full perspective, the right point of view, because He is over all and He sees all. He created us and the world and knows exactly how it all fits together. Because He can see the big picture.
God knows the beginning from the end and all the in between goings on in our lives. He knows when we’re in dangerous territory, and He knows when we’re safe. He knows when we can stretch our wings safely on a new adventure, and He knows when we need to stay on the ground.
God can ensure all aspects of our lives fit together for good.
He can take a bad situation and turn it into something beautiful. He can pick up the broken pieces and create a masterpiece.
As our Master Designer, God has created a great plan for each of us. So, when He watches from a distance, He is completely aware of everything. Nothing is left to chance. We are His and He is ours. Our lives are in His hands and we can trust Him with everything.
We can be assured that God has a plan for us that will be fulfilled, and that the plan is a good one.
From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do. (Isaiah 46:10 NCV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
Experiencing some things right now that don’t seem to make sense?
Praying that even if your own perspective is off, you’ll still be able to rest in the Lord, trusting Him with every aspect of your life.