When my kids have questions, they can often be answered simply by running into my arms so I can lift them up.
When I lift them up they gain a perspective they could never have on their own. When they are with me they can see over the fences that once blocked their view, over the crowds of people that once intimidated them, and further down the very road that once tripped them up.
David was at a time in his life where he had more questions than answers. He twisted his mind into all kinds of knots as he wrestled with some big questions. Although he came to some of his own conclusions, he realised that there was only one place he could gain some true perspective:
‘But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I [gained perspective]’ – Psalm 73:16-17
As David ran into the presence of God, he saw things in a way that he could have never seen on his own. As he was lifted high above his immediate circumstance into the presence of God, he gained peace, joy and a perspective that allowed him to see things from God’s point of view.
Just like David, we can also tie ourselves into all kinds of knots as we attempt to solve our (and the worlds!) problems. We feel hemmed in and surrounded by fences of impossibility, intimidated by the crowds of people and their endless advice, opinions, demands and accusations; and we can get tripped up as we try to figure it all out.
But the one place we can always run to when it gets overwhelming is into the very presence of God. The presence of God is what gives us peace in the midst of the storm, joy in the pain, and a perspective that frees us from the pressure of the immediate. As we are lifted into the loving arms of our Father, we are safe and secure, and able to pause long enough to discern what truly matters from heaven’s point of view.
Avoid needlessly tripping up. Stop and pause long enough to enter into His presence to gain a perspective that will propel you forward into the future God has for you!