Monday, September 12, 2011

An Unobstructed View

Bob and weave. Duck and stretch. Watching the game required constant movement so I could get a clear view through the railing. This was going to be a long day.

I waddled my gimpy self to my daughter, Paige's, volleyball tournament this weekend. My knee is still in the post surgery healing stages so climbing bleachers was not an option. So Greg and I and a few close friends took the urine scented elevator up to the balcony area.

Initially I was thrilled. I was above the bleachers, had a good view of the court and could sit in a chair with back support all day. What more could a girl want? That is, until I sat down and noticed the balcony was surrounded by a cage of railings.

This cage wasn't protecting me from anything coming in, it was designed to keep me from going out. Every so often I would miss a play because the railing was in the way. Or I would question a call because I couldn't clearly see the foul line. Even with constant adjustments and movements, I wasn't seeing the full picture. While I was thankful to have a place to sit and watch the game, I longed for an unobstructed view.

So often in my life I've settled for the obstructed view. I allow sin, fear or even my own pride to keep me from seeing the full picture. Instead of removing the obstacle in my way, I adapt to it. Bobbing and weaving to look beyond the thing right in front of my face, pretending it's not there. Can you relate?

The interesting thing about my view at the game was the railing didn't go up very high. If I stood up I could see everything. No railing. No bobbing. No weaving. Just clarity. I would stand for a few minutes until my leg felt a little sore and then once again take my seat. Each time I stood up I was able to stand for a little longer than the time before. My longing for the unobstructed view became the strength I needed to stand.

What's blocking your view? Are you afraid if you stand up you'll get knocked down again? Are you afraid to bring attention to yourself or be embarrassed? Perhaps you're so busy bobbing and weaving that you haven't even noticed the railing you're looking through. You're so used to it, it's become your reality. The cage is designed to keep you in but all you have to do is simply stand up. Decide you want the unobstructed view and go for it! You'll be amazed by the things you haven't been seeing...

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10


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