Normally, the rates at the Sun Mountain lodge are way beyond our budget. But for a limited off-season time, they offered drastic reductions as a “community appreciation” for help in last year’s wildfires. Besides, it offered a memorable way to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary—in a “jacuzzi bridal suite,” no less! The location was so peaceful, leaving me in renewed awe of the amazing landscape of this planet that God designed.
A lot of people in reading through a Bible wonder if anything good can come out of the Old Testament books of Chronicles. There’s a lot of gory, king-conquering, king-failing history in the books. But there are also the fingerprints of God’s help and mercy. Into that context was dropped this observation:For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Because it describes God’s character, this verse can stand by itself as well as in the narrative of foolish King Asa’s actions. (This was a king who had bad counselors and turned away from God.) I know how it lifted me years ago as a single, when I wondered if God was aware of the challenges and troubles I faced. Of course, God doesn’t have an “eye” as we would think of on humans. But the image provided for me that sense of larger watch-care when I went through things that were bigger and scarier than I’d ever encountered.
Seeing the panorama of mountain beauty did something else for me. It reminded me to seek the “high view” toward others who aren’t quite at the point of “hearts...fully committed to him.” I think the writer of Proverbs had that same sense when he wrote:A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)
A wise person has selective vision. That person’s eyes may range to and fro, finding those who offend or oppose, but their heart of love forgives.
And that, as 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, is a strong, “love” response. It takes the high road, and looks down with mercy and love on all the daily-ness and struggles of life’s valleys.
Can you see why I loved the view? And why it reminded me of God’s loving eye on me, wherever in life’s journey He takes me?