Under or Above?

“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” “You shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth.” Isaiah 40:31; 58:14

Two gentlemen bumped into each other walking on a sidewalk, and one said to his friend, “How are you today?” “Oh, alright, under the circumstances.” “What, pray tell, are you doing living under the circumstances?”

When circumstances weigh us down, dampening our spirits, clouding our perspective, smothering our hope, it is easy to bend into thinking all is too much to bear. We awaken every day to face the giants of life’s demands and stresses and disappointments; they loom above us, and press us down. But when we choose to live above our circumstances, riding the heights with our Lord, they are put into proper perspective. We see all that comes to us as ordered and under God’s loving authority, as pieces He is assembling in our lives and others’ to accomplish His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

O Lord, make me see as You see, setting my mind and heart on things above, grazing at peace on Your mountain heights, and trusting as You work. (Colossians 3:1-2; Ezekiel 34:14)

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