Wednesday, October 17 , 2018, 11:34 pm | Fair 56º


Jim Langley: God’s View from Above It All

While traveling 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert recently, I was struck by the cumulus clouds below and the shadows they cast on the desert floor.

Even in the early hours of the day, I imagine the temperature was beginning to soar. For those below, I suspect the patchy clouds were welcome relief from the rays of sun, but let’s talk about the shadows and the darker moments of our lives.

We all face seasons of darkness and uncertainty. And our view is certainly limited from our perspective here on earth. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have God’s view from up above!

He not only sees the big picture, but He also orchestrates every aspect of our individual circumstances. He knows our actions beforehand, and He’s there to assist us, if we simply ask for His guidance. His mighty right arm is there to deliver us from whatever perceived evil might confront us.

Whether the challenge comes in our personal, family or business life, I’ve found that I can surely count on Him to get us through the darkest situations of life.

In Psalm 23, which I memorized as a young boy, we’re reminded by King David even though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death we need not fear the evil one since our God is with us! Do you have the assurance of God’s presence in your life?

You can have the confidence only found in a personal relationship with Christ by simply asking Him to come into your heart. Yes, you will need to give up control of those things that have taken over that place in your heart reserved for God alone.

My daughter, Faith, made a decision to ask Jesus into her heart when she was 6½ years old. I was there and had the joy of getting on my knees next to her as we leaned against her bunk bed and she sincerely prayed for forgiveness.

Kids don’t carry much baggage; hence, I believe it’s much easier for them to come to Jesus.

The good news is He can greatly lighten the load we attempt to carry through life. Remember, He views it all from up above and we’d be wise to let Him have the reins of our life.

I trust you will give him your burdens and place your trust in Him this day forward!

Passages to Ponder

» Psalm 23

» Matthew 11:28-30

» John 15:7-11

» Psalm 4

— Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara ​(Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Gary Welterlen and Carla Reeves
Gary Welterlen and Carla Reeves
"We both love this business. We strive to make life long relationships from each real estate transaction."

Full Profile >