Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 14, 2020

Parade Perspective

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10

Do you like parades? Around the country—and world—there are parades, large and small, for almost every occasion. There are the biggies, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day and the Rose Bowl parades. But all year long there are processions of marching bands, floats, and clowns in tiny cars to celebrate myriad aspects of life and culture.

And wherever we are standing alongside the parade route, we get to enjoy the sights and sounds of what’s right in front of us. Sure, we may hear the drums of an upcoming band or look down the block at a giant balloon that has passed by. But we don’t really know how many performers there will be or what the big finale is in store. No, we only have a singular perspective—a point of view.

Isn’t this just like life? We experience what’s right in front of us—and get to choose our response. We can remember and learn from what has been…and although we may have a sense of what’s coming, we’re not certain. And this can be very frustrating—am I right?

But God has an eternal perspective! He knows the beginning from the end of our lives. He is the parade Designer.

This concept can be confusing—the thought of God’s eternal knowledge of your life. But think about a blimp (or a drone) flying over a magnificent parade. From that view, the entire parade can be seen, from grand marshal to grand finale and everything in between. This perspective also captures the crowds, standing along the route and uniquely responding to what’s right in front of them.

Let’s consider God’s perspective of our lives in this way. We can’t see what’s coming or how it ends. But He can. He knows what’s down the line of our lives—and He wants us to cherish each moment of what’s right in front of us. Savor it, learn from it, and prepare to experience what’s next. Remember also that He has it all under control.

So, c’mon…let’s enjoy the parade.

“Lord, help us remember that You are Sovereign. You know us because You have created us for Your purpose, so let us rest in that knowledge each day.”

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

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