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Bird's Eye View                  January 9, 2014

Dear friends,

When my daughter asked him if there was one place he had to see in New York
City, her boyfriend said, "The Empire State Building." He was from the mid-west
and had never been to the Big Apple before. So we started with number one on his
list. It was a great choice.

It took three years to erect the Empire State Building. It was finished in 1931. It
cost almost $41 million dollars to build and it was the tallest building in the city
until the Twin Towers were completed in 1972. Today it is still the fourth largest
skyscraper in the U.S.

It was the first building to have more than 100 floors. It has 6,500 windows and 73
elevators, and there are 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor. The base
of the Empire State Building is about 2 acres and it houses 1,000 businesses and
has its own zip code.

I forgot how impressive the view of the city was from the observation deck until we
made our way to the top last weekend, It literally took my breath away. It was a
foggy day and you could still make out the city's landmarks for miles on all four
sides.

The traffic, the crowds, the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York took on
quite a different feel from that lofty vantage point. That's when it hit me. This must
be how God sees things.

God sees the big picture. He is able to see beyond the troubles of any given
moment. He knows what is waiting for us down the road. Maybe that's why the
prophet Isaiah wrote, "Those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength. They
will soar on wings like eagles."

So put your hope in God. The next time you find yourself getting overwhelmed with
all that life is throwing at you, pause and look up. Ask God to lift you up and give
you the "bird's eye view" of your plight. I have a feeling your problems will
suddenly look very different.

God bless. See you in church.  Cal