Standing on a mountain top in the North Georgia Mountains last weekend was surreal. The brisk breeze was enjoyable during the hike while the warmth of the sun softened the frigid air that grew colder with elevation.
The most awe-striking moment happened when I conquered the steep, slate rock at the peak of my climb. The reward was the most beautiful view of the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Mountains rolling on for what looked like forever. Over the edge, the mountain next to me seemed like I could reach out and touch its yellow, autumn leaves. The town beneath me looked like a play set with tiny, toy cars and wooden doll houses. I could not help but to feel closer to God at such a high altitude. At that moment, I began to wonder if this is how God sees our lives.
From heaven, God looks down at his children on earth, speeding through life just trying to finish the next race. While I know He cares about the struggles we face, I can just imagine that He also wishes that we would see our lives the way that He does. We must live in this world until it is our time to go home, but that is the point; we are all going home. God sees us go right and go left, speed up and slow down, making all these decisions that won’t even change where we are ultimately going. He watches as his children are exhausted over goals that last only a small portion of time, wishing that they would use their impeccable work ethic for something that would affect eternity.
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NLT
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 ESV