Have you ever wondered what your life looks like from God’s perspective? Ever considered what it’s like to lean forward from a heavenly throne and watch human history unfold?
Many times in recent months a picture has appeared in my mind. It’s a little like the puzzle image God has shown me many times before – where I discovered my place as one piece among many. Unlike the puzzle, though, this image has simpler dimensions.
It’s a line.
Long and slender, stretching out in both directions, this line extends along the span of human history. At specific points stand great civilisations, mighty rulers who have risen and fallen, seasons of rapid development and prosperity, periods of war, disaster and hardship.
Studying that line with its mix of joys and sorrows could stir fear and uncertainty about the future. Instead it fills me with comfort. The word tells me that every moment in the past and all the days still to come are in God’s plain view. Nothing is hidden from His sight. Civilizations may crumble, as they have before. Kingdoms may rise and fall. Times of prosperity may come, shining bright till seasons of hardship dim their glow. Always God will reign, working out His plan and staying true to His promises.
I lean in to look more closely at that line and I see people – brave explorers, curious inventors, politicians, educators, business people and others – all taking their place in the progression of years. Each figure has been given a unique blend of personality, desires and talents that equip them for their task. By choosing to use what they are given they bring life and change to the world around them.
Then there’s us. God has a place for you and me in this unfolding story. We are not mere specks, unseen and insignificant in this enormous stretch of centuries. We have been chosen by Him to live in this current time period. He sees and knows the number of our days and all He has in mind for them.
When I consider this, I’m simultaneously struck by two reactions – an eager longing to fulfil my role and a sharp awareness of my own frailty.
Then I hear His gentle voice, You are not alone.
The same one who watches over nations also, somehow, watches over me. He who is Lord over all calls me His beloved, His treasure.
As I yield myself to Him, His grace fills up every empty space, giving me courage and power to do what I never thought possible. Gently He takes my hand and leads me along the path He planned for my life – my part in His epic story.
My view of the way ahead is limited. I can’t see what twists and turns await me. But when I think of the line I find hope that holds me firm, like an enormous anchor. The one who walks beside me already sees the future. And He will guide my steps – all the way home.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”