In the 90s, the music we listened to was a mixed bag. I was in high school. There was grunge, country, boy bands, and teen pop stars. Does LFO, 98 Degrees, or Green Day bring back any memories? There was a group that always seemed to shift my perspective when I listened to them. One of the lines of their songs said,
“Meet me in outer space. We could spend the night, watch the earth come up.”*
Kinda out there, right? Every once in a while, I’ll be standing at the sink doing dishes or humming in the shower when the song comes back to me. I think they were on to something.
Will you extend reality a little bit with me?
Think about a problem or challenge that you’re having in your life right now. What is it? Give it a name.
Now picture yourself in orbit around the earth. You’re lying in a lounge chair on the moon, your drink of choice in hand, waiting to watch the earth rise against the rocky horizon. And then, it does. In all of its swirling blue and white majesty, it appears slow and steady, until you are able to view the enormity of God’s creation.
Sit with the idea that all of your problems rest on that spinning ball. Back home. Far away and out of reach. You watch as people scramble through their day, harried and focused on the tasks at hand. In fact, you have such a great view that you can see the big picture solution to your problem. Maybe your perspective has even changed so much that the problem is non-existent!
Sometimes the stress we endure stands before us, massive and impeding vision. We’re so close to the emotion of a situation that objectivity eludes us. We're prone to making decisions before we have an understanding of the bigger picture.
Since none of us will have the opportunity to lounge on the moon this week, we’ll have to rely on a few different things to maintain godly, healthy perspectives.
How do you get outside of your own head? Specific scriptures? A reliable friend or parent? A favorite author?
When earthly realities collide with souls made for eternity, we can remember that we're not made for this world. We hope in the promises which last forever.
Perspective is everything.
God we ask that you send us perspective changers this week; joy-producers, challenge-dispensers, and comfort-givers. May we keep our eyes firmly fixed on you in all the circumstances You’ll lead us through. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and might in power; his understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:4-5
Photo Credit: Nasa, Bill Williams, Juskteez Vu
Song: Stellar by Incubus
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.