Matthew 16:21-23 (New Living Translation)
From then on Jesus
began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go
to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the
hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious
law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from
But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get
away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing
things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
When Peter had a better "idea" for Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said he was seeing things from a human point of view, not God's. How often are we guilty of doing the exact same thing?
My grandson, Kristopher, loves puzzles. Even though he is only 3 he can do 100 piece puzzles pretty easily! Lately he has been doing 300 piece puzzles, with some help, of course. When we are working on puzzles, the small pieces do not often make any sense. Apart they do not look like anything but as the pieces come together a picture begins to emerge.
That is how our lives are to God. He sees the finished product ~ the picture on the box. We can only see these small bits and pieces. It does not look like anything usable. But, oh, if we could see ourselves and our lives from His viewpoint! Instead of a "birds eye view" we need a "Gods eye view"!
I can only imagine some of the things God is doing through Mom & Dad's deaths. I know many people have already been touched and begun to look at this spiritual world in a whole new way but it is far from over. We have only seen a few of the little pieces. Some day we will see the completed picture. How beautiful it will be!
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 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.