"But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!"
Psalm 18:16-19 (Message)
Have you ever felt confined? Whether you've been constricted by someone else's rules, or you've been contained by your own decisions, it is not an easy place to be.
Believe me, I've let fear grip me and keep me in a tight place. I've let my own limited vision and lies from the enemy put me in a tiny little box. It's frustrating and maddening and chokingly uncomfortable. I don't like confinement! I don't think anybody does.
I have a friend in ministry, who God sent to a small town on the fringes of nowhere. She felt as though she had been unfairly exiled. As she contemplated her predicament, she asked God, "Why did you send me to such a small place?" She immediately heard the loving rebuke of the Father as He said, "I created the whole world, in all it's vast beauty and endless horizons. How could I put you in a small place? You are standing in the middle of all I have made. There are no small places!"
Wow! Talk about a shift in perspective!
Sometimes, all it takes is for us to see our circumstances through His perspective to change everything. From God's perspective, you are His prized possession, valued, cared for and loved. Maybe you feel hidden at the moment, but surely you won't stay hidden forever. He loves to surprise and delight us, by His perfect timing and through His outrageous, impossible plans.
Do you dare to come up higher? Do you dare seek His face and His perspective on your circumstances? From His vantage point, that small space you're in might actually be the training ground that is preparing you for a public display of God's greatness in you.
Joseph had his prison.
David had his caves.
Jesus had His desert.
No matter where you find yourself at this moment, your time will come. He WILL save you. He WILL set you in a wide open space. He WILL be faithful to His word. He WILL keep His promises.
The NIV states the passage like this, "He brought me out into a spacious place;