A God’s Eye View

We disconnected our TV satellite and now subscribe to Netflix for our viewing choices. My husband said he could live without ESPN, and I knew I could…So while I’m on the bike for my knee rehab, I’ve been getting hooked on documentaries (thanks to my daughter’s suggestions). I watched one recently entitled, Life in a Day. I thought it could have been titled, A God’s Eye View. Do you ever watch something and find yourself changed?

This documentary requested video footage worldwide from “your average person” on one day only – July 24, 2010. (I never heard about the request, but I probably wouldn’t have done it anyway.) They received 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries and scaled it down to 1 1/2 hours. It started at midnight and went through an entire day of our world. It fascinated me.

Some clips were only seconds long, while others lasted a minute or two. Some stories kept popping up throughout the film, interspersed among others. A Korean man biking from country to country. A husband, wife, and their son living with her severe cancer surgery. It depicted all forms of emotions from love, fear, grief, joy. The film truly became a window to the world for me; a God’s eye view. I came away appreciating:

  • This world is huge and “my world” is so small. While I’m struggling to find time to run to the grocery store, there’s an eight-year old boy shining shoes in Mexico – so he can eat. While I’m grabbing a lunch date with my loving husband, there’s a lonely woman crying herself to sleep in the Czech Republic.
  • Common bonds of fear and love. My fear of rats shared with a man from India. My love of God and family shared with a woman in Zambia.
  • I received just a glimpse of what it must be like for God. I appreciate his long-suffering for lost lives; there are so many. Second Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 
I took in a sliver of the world for one hour. My God holds it all every hour. How do you do it, God?
From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth – Psalm 33:13-14



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2 Responses to A God’s Eye View

  1. Vicki Burns

    It never ceases to amaze me how God can use ANYTHING, even the most surprising things, to speak to me. We watched The Planet Earth series by the BBC. It literally left me wondering how people can be so blind to God when they see what He has created. Think I’ll check out the documentary. Thank Shaelee for me!

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