I took a snow skiing lesson some time back. My instructor said I had potential but a poor perspective. He said I looked at my skis too much. I told him I had to. They kept going where I didn't want them to go. "Does it help?" he asked.

 

"I guess not," I confessed, "I still fall a lot."

 

He gestured toward the splendid mountains on the horizon. "Try looking out there as you ski. Keep your eyes on the mountains and you'll keep your balance." He was right. It worked.

 

The best way to keep your balance is to keep your focus on another horizon. That's what Jesus did.

 

"My kingdom does not belong to this world," Jesus told Pilate. "My kingdom is from another place" (John 18:36).

 

When we lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I learned what it was like to long for home. We loved Brazil. The people were wonderful and the culture warm-but still it wasn't home.  My office was in downtown Rio, only a few blocks from the American embassy.

 

Occasionally I would take my lunch to the embassy and eat. It was like going home for a few minutes. I would walk in the big door and greet the guards in English. I would go into the lobby and pick up an American newspaper. I'd check the box scores or the football standings. I'd chuckle at the cartoons. I even read the want ads. It felt good to think about home.

 

I would stroll down one of the large corridors and see the portraits of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington. Occasionally a worker would have time to chat and I'd get caught up on things back in the States.

 

The embassy was a bit of the homeland in a foreign country. Life in a distant land is made easier if you can make an occasional visit to home.

 

Jesus took a long look into the homeland. Long enough to count his friends. "I could ask my Father and he would give me twelve armies of angels." And seeing them up there gave him strength down here.

 

By the way, his friends are your friends. The Father's loyalty to Jesus is the Father's loyalty to you. When you feel betrayed, remember that. When you see the torches and feel the betrayer's kiss, remember his words: "I will never leave you; I will never forget you" (Hebrews 13:5).

 

When all of earth turns against you all of heaven turns toward you. To keep your balance in a crooked world, look at the mountains. Think of home.

 

from And the Angels Were Silent

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