Today’s post, Come Up Here, features third place winner (tied) of the 2016 45th Parallel Contest, Victoria Boyd. Vic is a phenomenal writer whose passion for Christ comes out brilliantly in everything she does, even as she directs us to pray from the throne room of God.
After having had an extended break from hiking this local mountain at sunrise, I can’t describe what this does to my soul to take in this majestic view once again, feel the accomplishment of having overcome and pushed through to get up there, and enjoy how the Holy Spirit loves to speak to me through His creation.
Again I’m reminded that when we view what the Lord is doing from a “higher altitude.” we can have that much-needed perspective than when we are down in the thick of those circumstances and cannot see a way out. Where He is seated in heavenly places, there is fullness of joy and perfect peace, which is freely given to us to receive. If I view life from where He sees, I see through the eyes of majesty and see His goodness in every circumstance of my life.
I recently read a brilliant book by Nick Badger titled Come Up Here, about encountering the beauty of God (as described in the book of Revelation). This has been a gift to me in adding rich language for my own emerging understanding of His infinite majesty and goodness. I can’t just believe this truth as an “add-on” thought in my life; I have to know it to the core of who I am and be consumed by it!
As I look at this stunning view, where I can see the entire city below, I’m reminded how our circumstances are better viewed from that place where He sits on the throne and where we abide in Jesus. We see as He sees, we pray as He prays, and we know we are positioned in victory. I have an invitation to “come up” to where He is and receive the inheritance that has already been purchased for me through Jesus.
Victoria Boyd is a wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. She is passionate about seeing others equipped to live out their faith in fullness, and to steward well all the Lord has given them. She has a love for the written word, and for worship, justice and compassion issues, family history, raising children and indigenous peoples. Find her writing on homeschooling, faith, homemaking, health, and natural living at www.homemakingwithheart.com.