I had never seen my church like that before.
Our church is built in the old style with high wood arches and stained glass windows. There is a small balcony at the back, I guess an ancient choir loft. My sister, son, niece, and her two girls came for Easter services. Because one of my great nieces was feeling puny, the other is wiggly, and I am still recovering from my bouts of residual asthma from bronchitis, I thought it would be advantageous to sit up there away from the crowds jammed into the pews.
Now, I want to sit there every Sunday. I could look down and see the people who mean so much to me insteadof the few who sit around me in my vision each Sunday. Our pastor gathered the children to tell them about Jesus and I could see everyone of them crouched at his feet. I could hear the choir so well and watch the baptisms without craning around heads and standing on my tiptoes. It felt, well, almost celestial looking down on it all.
Then it occurred to me. I had changed my point of view. As a writer, I am always thinking about points of view. Which character can see what and think what. When you write in third person, you have what is called ominpotence. You can let the reader see things and know things the charcters cannot. Today, I had exerienced a different point of view. What if every day, I could have that? Well, I can.
God is omnipotent- He sees all and knows all. When I allow God to carry me through my day, I am raised above my worries or anxieities. He sees everything. He see all the people who mean so much to me. He sees the future with the present. All I can see is what is right in front of me, if that.
Today, I saw my church in a whole new way- the building and the people. Tomorrow, I am going to pray God to let me see my life that way as well, secure in the trust He can see beyond my narrow point of view. I want to be raised up onto His shoulders – not to avoid life, but to see it from His strength and nestled in His grip. Don’t you?
Hallelujah – The Lord is Risen Indeed. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.