The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Need a new perspective?

When life is out of sorts it is easy to become bogged down in the mud of the circumstances. Like the frog who lives in his little pond who finds his life ending on the muddy bank, we who are caught in our circumstances see nothing but more mud. But not for the eagle who soars over that little pond. She sees the headwater of the rivulet that feeds that little pond; she follows the creek that empties the pond to a lake. The eagle has something that the little frog lacks: the benefit of perspective. Isaiah’s neighbors were becoming more desperate everyday to the point of eating their children. Isaiah’s God reminds him and his friends of this perspective:

“But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.” (Isaiah 57:13)

Taking refuge in God will not make you a landowner of a larger estate complete with a majestic peak. The land represents, Shalom, or peace that includes enough of this world’s goods to satisfy a man. The mountain represents guidance in a bewildering world of disrupted values thrown into chaos of living in a culture that represents everything but divine truth. Feeling like life is swallowing you up in its muddy grip? Seek a new perspective. – Ron Friesen

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