Message From Matt | April 6, 2018

Vantage Point! 
The Tuesday morning drive this week was not fun!  There was so much rain, wind and lightning going on in Indy that the drive I was
on that normally takes 25 minutes one way
ended up being 45 minutes.  The return trip turned out being much longer!  There were large puddles everywhere that were hard to dodge!  Potholes that you could not see in the dark because of the water became tire-busters! Then there was the other people’s driving…oh man!!!  It seemed like many people forgot how to drive in rain which made the trek even worse!  No matter what street I turned down, the traffic was just backed up and slowed down!  

It was on one of these backed up and slowed down streets that I noticed a driver in a very small car trying to pull out of a gas station on my side of the street to go the opposite direction that I was going.  However, there was a big problem (besides the wind and rain) for the driver.  The problem was that although the traffic on my side of the street was letting him out of the station to turn, he could not see past the large vehicles enough to know if it was clear to drive on the opposite lane.  He would inch forward, very slowly until he saw clearly enough to drive.  Even though this process only took a few seconds, I found myself getting slightly frustrated with the guy.  Why?  Because he wouldn’t look at me so I could motion to him that the lane was completely clear to drive on!  He just kept on lurching forward hoping not to get hit and didn’t realize that I had the perfect vantage point to assure him that everything would be ok!  

After that moment I had a thought…is this what it is like for God?  His children often times will reluctantly inch or lurch towards the path they should be on while trying to avoid getting hit with some hard thing in life and won’t look up to God who has the perfect vantage point to see what is in front of us.   I know that we want protection from the “semi trucks of life” that can slam us and cause much pain but most of the time we seek this protection from a basis of fear rather than a basis of trust!  We don’t want to be hurt like we have been in the past, so we find it hard to trust people!  We can fear the unknown and will let that keep us from stepping out in faith!  We also can have a series of negative “what if’s” plague our minds and because we cannot see the future we are immobilized by what wrong could happen rather than what good could happen!  Does any of this resonate with you?

The prophet Isaiah tells the children of Israel to seek the Lord and his words seem to point to the fact that God’s vantage point has a clear view of their past, present and future in

Isaiah 55:6-11.  Isaiah said,  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it. 

Not only are God’s ways and thoughts higher than our thoughts, but his vantage point is far better than ours.  We see what’s in front of us!  God sees from above and knows what our future holds!  He also knows all about our past and all that we are going through in the present!  His vantage point is perfect!  Are we looking to God for help in our daily life?  Are we asking Him to show us from His vantage point which path we should take and when we should take it?  Are we inching forward very slowly,not really doing much for God?  Or are we just stuck in the same spot, too terrified to step out in faith?  

Once we start looking from His vantage point, we will see that God is always with us and never leaves us (Hebrews 13:5) and that He has the best thoughts towards us (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He will guide us in the way of peace (Luke 1:79)!  Don’t get stuck in the traffic of this life; look towards God and He will direct you!

Matt Roller