Does it ever feel like your circumstances tower over you? Like it’s hard to see clearly because that thing—that one thing you’re going through—just seems to be all up and in your face?
I so understand.
Our towering circumstances can make us feel miniscule. Insignificant. And try as we might, we just can’t seem to see above, around, or past them.
Sometimes what we need more than anything is fresh perspective and fresh eyes of faith to see beyond what is staring us in the face—to see the potential and the promise—not just the lousy facts.
This week I re-read the story of Zacchaeus, the short-statured man who strongly desired to see Jesus but couldn’t because those crowding around him were all taller. (See Luke 19)
Everything around him blocked his view.
So, Zacchaeus got desperate and did something unexpected. He climbed a sycamore tree.
Zacchaeus determined to get to the place where nothing—nothing would block his view of Jesus. And once he climbed that sycamore tree, not only did he see Jesus, he captured Jesus’s attention.
When everything around us is blocking our view of Jesus, we need to ask ourselves a question: When was the last time I got determined to do whatever it takes to see Jesus?
Are we willing to climb up—in prayer—in faith—so that we might see Jesus in spite of the circumstances crowding around us?
Perhaps, like Zacheus, our faith feels small. Perhaps WE feel too insignificant for Jesus to notice us at all. But when we determine to rise above our circumstances and climb up in faith, we will secure a holy vantage point and fresh vision.
We will see Jesus.
And Jesus will take notice.
Our determination to rise above our circumstances actually draws Jesus to us. And the beautiful part is, He will come and stay in our homes—our hearts.
Sweet friends, when Jesus is with us, it changes everything. I encourage you this week to get determined and climb above your circumstances—until you can see Him.
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)
How about you? Is there a situation you need to climb above? Are you battling a crowd of stuff that’s blocking your view of Jesus? Leave me a comment and I will pray for you this week.
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