The view from my Hospital room for my recent post natal stay was incongruous to say the least. The huge brown concrete chimney dominated the view. Just plain ugly and rather depressing. No view could be more gloomy.

The thing was though, if I changed my position at the window, if I looked past the ugly brown concrete structure I could see the harbour, I could catch a glimpse of Rangitoto. I could stand on a different angle and look in another direction and see the Museum and the green of the Domain.

Sometimes what faces us seems as overbearing and overwhelming as this chimney. It can dominate our thoughts, our view on life. It screams look at me. See just me. But we don’t have to. We can take a different view on what is in front of us. We can see the beauty of life that still exists. We can choose what to focus on. And more importantly, we can supersede the view with the eyes of Heaven. To see life as God sees it. To see ourselves as God sees us.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)