We have been at our cabin in NC more this summer than we ever have in the 7 years since we bought it. It has been mostly because of necessity to get things done, like a new roof. But we have enjoyed our time so much. It has been a good exercise in focusing on what matters.
One of the things we wish we had more of was a long range view. In the mountains, a long range view is as valuable as oceanfront property on the beach. We have a little view in the clearing we created when we had our trees trimmed. It’s enough that let’s my eyes focus on the distance instead of what’s in front of me.
Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing God’s creation up close too. Just yesterday a doe greeted me from our apple tree up the hill from our porch. She was beautiful and stayed long enough for me to get an unfocused photo of her.
Long range views have a way of calming the soul. It’s as if focusing far away brings a healthy perspective to the up close view. This is why God’s Word is powerful. It provides the long range view of a spiritual life and marriage.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
When I lift my eyes to the horizon I’m reminded from where my help comes. I see how small I am in the scheme of things, yet the LORD who made the heaven and earth takes thought of me and my marriage. He sends me the help I need each day!
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.Psalm 121:3-4 ESV
Things that cause us fear are often crouching in on us like a dark shadow. God is reminding us that we can rest assured that He is watching over us in the dark places. He never slumbers or sleeps. He sees and He knows. And better yet—He is committed to not let my foot be moved from the Rock of my salvation.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.Psalm 121:5-6 ESV
We don’t have to hide in the day nor be afraid in the night. The Lord is the keeper of all that troubles us. Even when we can’t see the long-range view, we can rest in the fact that it is still there and so is He.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.Psalm 121:7-8
These are difficult times for all of us on many levels. And marriages often are neglected in the midst of the crisis. Our prayer is to be a reminder for all of us to focus on the long range view offered through Scripture. This is where we find our hope and security.
Date Night Prompt: Find a place that offers a long range view for your next date. Talk about this post and how you are each doing through this crisis. Pray out loud and listen as your spouse pours out their heart to God in prayer. Much can be learned by listening to our spouse pray.