UnknownFor two months now I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday” (you can find all my Five Minute Friday posts in the ‘related posts’ at the bottom). The concept is simple, and brilliant:

Write for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on that weeks theme  – given by Lisa-Jo – and then share it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share.

If you’re a writer or blogger, I’d recommend it – it really challenges and helps you grow as a writer. It’s most definitely helped me and I look forward to it every single week

Today’s theme is ‘View’. I hope you like the post, and please do let me know your thoughts (or should that be ‘views’)  in the comments below. Here goes:


As we go about our daily lives, our view often gets very narrow. We can even stand on a beach and look out to see. But the view ends. The horizon comes. There are continents, oceans and all sorts of variety out in creation. But when you zoom out, go into space, you can see the whole world in all it’s glorious awesomeness.

Your view changes.

It’s true in life too. When my Mum died, I was angry, upset, hurt and full of pain. I had no desire to see any bigger picture. If someone came to me and tried to paint one, I wouldn’t have responded well.

But now, with distance, my view has changed. I see how many positives this event brought into my life. The way I have grown in ways I would not have otherwise. The ways God has used it.

And I begin to see a glimmer of God’s perspective.


View is a word which tells of divine mystery. (you can tweet that here)


Because God is at once able to be right in the midst of our darkest moment, when pain narrows our view. He feels our pain.

Yet at once, He is able to see the event with a perspective none of us have.

Hindsight, time itself is God’s mechanism for giving us His perspective. He sees death differently than we do, as merely a chapter of ongoing life. Yet He feels our pain, our grief, our sorrow at losing a loved one.

This is why any attempt to control our view God, to limit Him, or restrict Him is pure foolishness.

God is bigger than us. Bigger than our circumstances. Bigger than our lives. Bigger than time itself. He has a perspective greater than any we can imagine.

Yet at once, He is with is in the midst of our pain.

What a mystery this is.

And this is the divine view.

Both with us, and beyond us.






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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...

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