Today, I met a dear friend for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory at the base of the John Hancock building. I told Lily that this building was a really big one and if she behaved at lunch I would take her to the top. She was so delightful during lunch and even tried her hardest to keep her napkin on her lap the whole time. She was so frustrated that it kept falling off cause she has such a tiny lap. Too precious.
Anyway, after lunch we took an elevator up to the 96th floor and looked out at the city. To be honest she seemed rather unimpressed. We looked out over Lake Michigan and I showed her where home was, I showed her the Sears Tower and explained how it was even taller. We got back on the elevator and headed back to the condo we are staying at.
On the way home, Lily kept pointing at buildings and talking about how tall they were. I kept explaining that they were a fraction of the height of the building we were just in. To which she would inevitably reply, “Yeah, but look at that one, it’s one of the tallest buildings.” Then she talked about how tall our condo was. It is seven stories high.
It wasn’t until we got back into our condo which has an amazing view of the Chicago skyline that I walked her to the window and pointed to the John Hancock building and she finally saw just how tall it really was. Her eyes got big as she realized that she had really been in a REALLY TALL BUILDING. One that dwarfs most other buildings in her sight line.
So I am reminded that when we are right in the middle of something it is so hard to see what is really going on. All sorts of things seem to be truth that really aren’t at all. It isn’t until we step back and see things from a distance that we can really get a proper perspective. Oddly enough, I just said to a friend today that God is bigger than her circumstances and knows the whole picture when we can only see a tiny portion. Isn’t it funny how sometimes everything seems so big and we forget just how big God is?
I am not going through anything in particular right now, but I hope I am reminded of this lesson Lily taught me next time I am. I hope for someone, this is exactly what they needed to hear today.