In May my family and I took a week vacation in the mountains. All week long we marveled at the view we don’t usually get to see. The view from the top of a mountain is like no other.
It enables you to see out for miles over the city as well as the vast nature beyond. It is simply a breath-taking way to receive a new perspective on life.
As we left our concrete jungle of nonstop development in the name of profit, advancement and innovation, I realize the perspective in which I had become accustomed was extremely narrow. The scope of my vision has settled around myself and my family, forgetting all else. Getting caught up in the minuscule things of life while forgetting there is a bigger picture of the world, one much larger than myself, my experiences and my opinions.
When standing at the top of a mountain able to view the immense beauty of Gods creation, even if only for a week, my perspective on life and God’s glory began to shift. I realized I was living for myself and my wants as opposed to God’s much better plan of giving that up to serve him.
The more that we are in our on world the less we see Gods. With the world being over run by human building, patting ourselves on the back for our achievements the more we forget the creators hand in it all. No wonder more and more people don’t believe in God – we are too busy looking inward when we should be looking upward.
We should be marveling at the vast open sky and high mountains, they are much bigger and grander than us. Yet, God gave it to us to enjoy and to remind us that this world is much bigger than ourselves.
Not knowing the answers to how this creation has come to be, proves the incredible intelligence it took to create all of the creation, you and I included, to work so harmoniously. It is beyond even our comprehension and we are the most intelligent beings on this earth.
“The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.”
– Ilya Prigogine (Chemist-Physicist)
Recipient of two Nobel Prizes in chemistry
“When I went to the moon I was a pragmatic test pilot. But when I saw the planet Earth floating in the vastness of space the presence of divinity became almost palpable and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident.”
– Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 Astronaut)
The problem with us though is that we forget so easily to look around us for the miracle that is this creation, which stands in order to humble us. To remind us that there is someone even greater than our understanding: God. He created us for a much bigger purpose than our love for self, he created us to love Him and others much more than ourselves.
That we might look beyond our own search for happiness and pay attention to the needs of others – which in turns blesses us with a permanent joy.
I pray God may bless you with a trip to the mountains so he may open your eyes to what he sees – the view from the top.