What’s Your POV?

POV—point of view—is critical to a writer. As he creates his story, he must decide from whose point of view a scene will be described. Whose head will the reader be in during a chase, an argument, a conversation, or a tender moment?

It’s all about perspective. Remember high school debate class when we had to argue on the side we didn’t agree with? We were forced to consider someone else’s perspective.

Objects take on different colors and contours when viewed from different angles. So do situations, lives.

Because we are finite, personally motivated creatures, we don’t often see the big picture, or around the next bend, or the other guy’s viewpoint. And sometimes we think no one sees ours.

But God does. He sees the sparrow, the lily, and the panting deer. He sees the blind man begging and the woman weeping.

Take a trek through the gospels and count how many times Jesus looks at someone. Really looks. Sees them. Can you feel His warm Creator-God eyes on you?

An old song says, “His eye is on the sparrow – and I know He watches me.” The hymn is based on what Jesus told the people about that tiny, dull, unnoticed bird. Not one falls to the ground without God seeing.

We are more valuable than sparrows, Jesus said.

Whose eyes are we looking through?

God sees us and loves us. Maybe if we sought His perspective, we’d understand this better. Maybe we need a little less of our own POV and more of His.

Matthew 10:29-31

“His Eye Is On the Sparrow”
Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel, 1905