Our Limits on Earth
We all have limits while living on earth. We grow tired. We need sleep. We get sick, and we are overworked.
I can get stuck in traffic for hours, and my arrival time is limited to whether or not an accident occurs. Also, my body fights to adjust to a new medication the doctor has prescribed.
The obstacles of this physical realm are the realities I live out each day. I have to recognize there is a limit to perfection, and I cannot push beyond it. There is no such thing as perfection in anything coming from any of us. When I attempt to perfect my accomplishments with a limited view from all this earth’s sphere has to offer, I come up short. I don’t hit the mark I set for myself. At least, not in the way I want.
Some of us try running more miles than we’ve ever run, or reading more books than we’ve read last year. We often make the effort to push past our boundaries, and we become exhausted. We try to reach a higher goals. We try to climb higher mountains. Reaching higher is not bad, but what if we are going about it all wrong? What if there is another way to reach a higher goal? What if we are so focused on promoting our earthly matters, that we miss the heavenly places
So my desire of climbing to a higher place plunges out of proportion when I look at situations through an earthly lens. But as I begin to remove the limitations that keep me weighed down, I begin to realize God’s mountaintop experiences, like peace in my valleys and joy in my trials.
I admit. When I feel pressure, I go to the mountains to refresh and get away from the daily grind. But the stress is meant to call me to a high spiritual place in God-a place higher than the mountains that I climb. God calls us to press on to the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 3:14)
The Mountains’ Help
Mountains give us the picture of a place towering over the confines of a valley usually depicting a point of reference to look up. Yet, the bible explains God is the true help that lifts us out of the troublesome valleys surrounding us.
” I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” (Psalm 121:1-2 [Message Bible]).
When I look to God for strength when driving in traffic, he answers. He leads me to turn off the digital noise and use the time to pray for family, friends, myself, and those driving next to me. It’s amazing how this place of prayer lifts me out of the confining valley of worrying and complaining about traffic.
My perspective is from God’s vantage point when I live from His high place. That day I prayed because God saw the bigger picture of those lives on the freeway and those who needed prayer at that time.
Why not ask God to turn your limited earthly view into a wider vision where you can see God’s higher purposes here on earth? Heaven waits to transform our physical realities.
Our limited perspective changes because God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6 [NIV])
Our seat as believers is in the heavenly realms with Christ.
This seat gives us a vantage point to see with God’s eyes.
I imagine being seated in the heavenly places where earthly sights don’t limit my view. When seated in the heavenly realms, I am able to look into the valley and see winding roads becoming straight, narrow lakes becoming broad and pine trees becoming exceeding large.
Recognizing and receiving this seat is key to our mountain experiences.