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What Difference does a God’s-Eye View Make?

Do we have a God’s Eye View or a Minutiae View

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
—Hebrews 4:13

My laptop was in the shop

I missed it through much of this week. It’s one of my key tools to communicate, write, find information.

Your tools may be for creating art, building (imagine when a contractor’s tools are stolen), cooking, or something else.

I felt lost

Do you feel lost when without your tools? I sure did. I spent time catching up on errands I’ve needed to do but don’t get to when I’m home with my laptop.

  • Took two items of clothing for alterations
  • Washed and dried our electric blanket
  • Shopped a bit
  • Paid bills (I do that when I have my laptop too)
  • Edited and moved some chapters around in my (print copy) novel
  • Had a lovely lunch with a girlfriend
  • Sat in the sun and enjoyed the peace on our patio with my husband and our dog, Paige

    Lovely day to relax outdoors

Enjoyed A Wonderful Day Out

On Tuesday Don’s nephew, Gary, took us up a very curvy road to Mount Uminhum (Ohlone for “Resting Place of the Hummingbird”). Uminhum is the fourth-highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It boasted an active radar station during WWII, and the locked, empty square tower remains visible from much of San Jose. We enjoyed the drive with Gary’s parents, Don’s sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Tom.

The view from 3476 feet was magnificent. On this relatively clear day we saw most of our own city, as well as the skyline of San Francisco, below and beyond us.

We drove back through New Almaden, which Don and I hadn’t seen before, and enjoyed lunch at Bill’s.  It was a delightful day with family.

We could see for miles

What a difference. I could fret about not being able to write. Or I could look at a marvelous, expansive view of our valley and thank God for its beauty. I could worry about missing deadlines, or enjoy the freedom of having an electronic break for a few days.

And yet, my own view often gets clouded by minutiae, the small and sometimes unimportant details of life. I need God’s perspective.

God’s-Eye View

What does God see when He looks down from the heights of heaven on this little tiny earth He created? The people He loves must look like less than ants. Some reflect His love and grace, while others reject Him and bring chaos into all they touch.

Do I want to mire in the minutiae? Or look at God’s overall plan, and see people and situations through His eyes?

Women who see from a God’s-eye View

I just read a marvelous book, Women Who Risk. Told by missionaries who met these women personally, the stories are of M*slim women who saw Jesus in visions.  They searched Him out, and found shalom (peace, wholeness) in Him. Despite rejection and physical threat from husbands or families, they stand strong. One said, “I expect to die for Christ. And He is worth it.”

These women testify of faith and confidence in the God who is sovereign above all. He knows my present and future and promised to walk me through each stage, each battle, each hill to climb.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:38-29 NIV

A God’s-eye perspective helps us live, approach people, and hope differently than if we look only from our own, incomplete perspective.


  1. I love this bog. Lots to think about

    1. Carol Loewen says:

      Thanks, Karen. I appreciate your encouragement. Sure do miss you!

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