When I lift the blinds of my bedroom window each morning I have a VIEW of the East 55th Street Marina and Lake Erie, the northeast view from our apartment property.

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Most mornings that VIEW helps to shape my mood. Whether it is the bright, warm sunshine, the still or boisterous waves of the lake water, the lucidity or drabness of the clouds, the steady stream of morning rush-hour traffic whizzing along the interstate, or the industrial vehicles and boat transports along my street. And for the second year, an alpaca and sheep grazing in the grassy area adjacent to our property have been fixed into the view (they are part of an urban farming initiative, they maintain the lawn at no cost which also protects the environment).

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This morning the strong and high waves of the water were crashing the breakwall, there was some atmospheric battle in play.  While the VIEW was captivating, it was the result of a tumultuous interaction of the water and the air.  Sometimes there is beauty in the chaos. Confucius said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Our lives can be that way sometimes, chaotic, disturbing, discomforting, lost in translation, out of control, blurring our faith VIEW.  But underneath the current, our faith prevails, unmoveable, undergirding, withstanding the turbulance, giving us the buoyancy needed to hold fast until the winds and the waves calm. Then we are able to refocus and our faith VIEW becomes clear again.

No matter what the VIEW looks like, there is beauty in the chaos. God is at work performing His will and purpose for your life.  Be encouraged, look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1-2

5-minute-friday-1[2]Today I’m linking up with the Five Minute Friday and writing on the prompt given by Lisa-Jo Baker. This week’s word is VIEW.