If you want to get some perspective on your life, check out Google Earth. Have you seen this thing? Just hop on a computer, smart phone or tablet, put in your address and, bam! You zoom in from an outer space, satellite view of the earth to a close-up view of your house with your car in the driveway and everything. Big Brother isn’t just watching. He’s taking pictures and showing all of his friends.
It’s both a little freaky and pretty darn cool. How amazing is it to be able to just punch in your address and instantly see your house from the sky?
I’m convinced one of these days I’m going to Google my house and see myself in the back yard doing something dumb like catching the lawn mower on fire. Not that that’s ever happened, but I’m sure if it did, it would be just the moment the Google satellites would snap the picture.
But maybe Google’s peeping Tom spy satellites aren’t all bad. Maybe we could even make a buck off of them by renting advertising space on our roofs. Just imagine ariel shots of your house with the Nike swoosh logo emblazoned across your shingles. If this thing caught on, Google’s pictures would start to look like the ad-plastered walls around a NASCAR track.
My favorite part of the whole thing, though, is the part where you zoom in from the space view of earth. It reminds me of God’s perspective of my life. In a book of the Bible written by a guy named Isaiah, God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In other words, God operates from a global perspective, while I spend my life zoomed in to my own little world. The result? My problems seem like a much bigger deal that they really are. My wants and needs seem much more urgent than they really are. It’s hard to get my head off of my own street address and zoom out for the bigger picture.
That’s one of the great things about spending time with God. He helps me put my life in proper perspective, reminds me that He has a plan and purpose for me that are much bigger than my immediate circumstances. And yet, like Google Maps’ Street View feature, God comes into my life and walks beside me.
See, it’s not that our circumstances don’t matter to God. It’s just that He’s big enough to know there’s so much more than what I’m walking through today. Google may have an impressive eye in the sky, but we can take comfort in the fact that God’s loving eyes never look away. Big Brother may be watching, but our heavenly Dad is watching too.