Molly is approximately 28cm tall at the shoulder while I am 1.52m tall. It stands to reason, therefore, that her perspective on her world is very different from mine. She sees everything around her at almost ground level. That means that she see perceives her world and everything in it as much bigger than her! It’s no wonder she has a very loud and persistent bark! Everything and everyone unfamiliar to her is a threat to her safety.

Just recently, shortly after we went to bed, our world was rocked by a series of vicious thunder storms – five in a row. Poor Molly couldn’t contain her bark. She was thoroughly unsettled by hideous noises from above that she could not identify. She finally settled down after the noise abated and the rain fell in torrents.

Molly lives in a world of interesting and curious smells and sights at ground level. She explores her world mainly with her nose and eyes. Her hearing is acute and anything unfamiliar out of sight or smell is to be treated as an enemy and barked at until it is identified as friend or foe.

I am her security. Much of her barking also has to do with being my protector. When I am out and she is home alone, she considers herself to be off duty. She doesn’t move out of her bed, or from my chair or make a sound until I return. The moment she sees me at the gate, she comes alive. It’s as though she has an on/off switch which comes into action when my car leaves the property.

Actually, the roles are reversed. I am her protector. I have to monitor her on our walks because she doesn’t recognise potential danger. I have to watch that she doesn’t try to take on anything too big for her to handle, or eat anything not good for her. My perspective concerning her is far more accurate than hers!

This reminds me that my perspective on my own life is just as limited as Molly’s is on hers. My world view is full of dangers and insecurities as long as I look at life through my own eyes. Circumstances are either comfortable or threatening as I interpret them. This makes life very uncertain and the future unknown.

However, in Christ, my worldview is very different. I view everyday life, not from the ground up but from above. When I believed in Jesus and received Him as my Lord – my supreme authority – I died with Him and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, I was raised to a new life and seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6).

Now I have a choice. I can continue to look at life through the lens of uncertainty and insecurity as the world does, or I can believe God’s word and live in the certainty that Jesus Christ is Lord regardless of what happens on the ground.

As for me, I have chosen to make God’s word the lens through which I view life and everything, good or bad it dishes up to me.

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love                                       Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

Since you, then, have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:1-3).                                                                                 

Only through the worldview of Jesus’ sovereignty can I experience the peace of God that transcends understanding as I follow and trust Him every moment of every day.

Luella Campbell

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