Some couples purchase a recreational vehicle, a mountain cabin or a beach bungalow. Instead, we bought a small plane. My 6’3” husband, Bill, is a private pilot. Having our own plane provides flexibility for visiting family or getting away. On my first flight in our plane, I adjusted the seat as much as I could and discovered it was not going to be comfortable for me. Being only 5’4”, I had positioned the seat fairly close to the dash, but felt like I was in the back seat. A king-size pillow behind my back pushed me forward. What I did not realize was how severely diminished my view was compared to my tall pilot’s view. I could see the dash and the instruments quite well, but I could not see over the dash or even the plane’s cowling (hood). For three years, this has been my perspective in the plane.
Recently, on a three-hour flight, my tush was tired of sitting. Since you can’t just get up and walk around in a small plane, Bill suggested I sit on my pillow. After relocating the pillow, I suddenly could see over the dash and the cowling! It was amazing to see the difference! Bill immediately noticed the look of delight on my face. I could see terrain, buildings and the distant horizon. As we discussed this, we decided I needed a booster seat of some sort. Anyone have a telephone book or a Christmas catalog?
The lesson struck home with me. Our outlook on life can be limited and we don’t even have a clue that it is. We know hope is there, but our vision is blocked. God gives us a limited perspective of life because we are human and cannot possibly grasp the whole picture of life. Our viewpoint is restricted, only seeing a partial view. In the whole picture, God has mapped out the clouds of turmoil and pitfalls of life, using them to keep us on His course. His plans are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). Gradually, He gives us the boost to see a little more and a little more, until we see how wounds, disappointments and hurts play into His plan. He reveals how life’s twists and turns, while not always pleasant, are used for His glory and Kingdom. His hope is found in the unseen.
God grant us patience as we wait to trade our limited sight for Your glorious panorama.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Romans 8:24-25(TPT) For this is the hope of our salvation. But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment.