Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Lookout Mountain, TN is 1300 feet above Chattanooga and it is beautiful. It is also the site of a bloody Civil War battle. In Point Park the only Civil War monument depicting a Union and a Confederate soldier shaking hands stands in the center. Because it was erected by the State of New York, it is called the New York Peace Monument.
At the Point you can look down on Chattanooga, the Tennessee River and see for miles. It really is breathtaking BUT nowhere near as breathtaking, literally, as the ride up the mountain on the Incline Railway. Climbing a 72% grade, the train feels like it is going straight up. You can imagine what the ride down feels like!
All of this is to say that being up on that mountain cliff gave me a perspective that I cannot even imagine at sea level.
It reminded me how immense this world is and how small I am. It reminded me that when I am in the midst of ‘stuff’ I cannot see the big picture. It reminded me that being lifted up literally lifts my spirits. It reminded me how important it is for me to get out from under the stressful issues of life and see with new eyes the possibilities that lay before me.
And as so often happens when I step away from myself, it became Sabbath for me.
Not only was I standing on holy ground hallowed by the blood and prayers of so many dying men, I was standing on ground now marked for peace. From the vantage point of this cliff it felt like I could just reach up and touch God’s hand. Below me was God’s handiwork and I, in the middle, was surrounded by God.
Sabbath is meant to be a day when we wrap ourselves in God’s presence. It is meant to be a day of peace and rest, of beauty and joy, of man and God. It is meant to be a day to take your breath away and fill your lungs with the Spirit of God.
Where do you go to be lifted up into the presence of God? How does God show you a new perspective, a new vantage point, from which to see your life in perspective?
Find that place this week and let God take your breath away and remind you who is the Creator of your life.
“I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths…” Psalm 30.1