As I look through photos on my phone today I can’t help but notice the ridiculous amount of photos taken during the 20 minute period when my 3 year old had my phone. ( I included just a few of them below.)
Little did I know he was sharpening his skills as a photographer.
Oh I am not trying to throw an unnecessary pity party and indulge myself in negative thoughts of poor self image. So simmer down your inner Tyra Banks and resist any urge to post a One Direction or Christina Agulara song about knowing you are beautiful… I’m just being completely honest about the first thoughts that came to mind.
From my perspective, the angles in the shots are not flattering. The framing is off. His vantage point is simply different from one I’m used to.
These innocent pictures were taken from the vantage point of a young child. A child who swears when he grows up we are getting married. He trusts me more than any other person. He sees beauty in me that I struggle to see myself.
His perspective is so much different than mine.
His vantage point is that of a child.
That is when it hit me.
Is my vantage point of God like that of a young child?
Do I see his majesty and beauty? Do I trust Him more than any other?
Am I filled to the brim because my hope rests in His promises? His promise for my future?
Am I certain- no more than certain- do I REST, rest assured that my future is with Him?
Aaron is confident of who I am because he is also confident of who he is not. The child knows without a doubt how much he needs me. (It is in those moments of denial when he acts out, refuses to obey, and burdens me with the responsibility of disciplining him or he falls to trouble and harm.) Sound familiar?
If my vantage point were that of a child like Aaron, would I better see who this God is who made me? Who this God is who loves me? And who it is I was created to be?
When my vantage point is that of a child, knowing with all certainty who God is because I recognize who I am not, then can I fully see My Father- my God, and find my hope and rest in Him.
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.- Matthew 18:2-4 NIV
If you are struggling with an ‘un-flattering’ view of God today I just want to challenge you to shift your vantage point. God is the same always. What might be blocking your perspective- your vantage point?