Recently we stayed with our daughter and son-in-law and enjoyed getting to know their 8 week old twin daughters, who are our first grandchildren, which was lovely. They live on the edge of Sheffield with views across the Rivelin valley to the beautiful Peak District countryside. You can also see the nightscape of the Sheffield suburb on the other side of the valley - but only if you put a bit of legwork in! Laura lives on a very steep cobbled street, and late on the last evening of our stay I took myself off to see if I could take a photo of the nightscape, as it was a clear evening. I headed up to the top of her street which was hard work, and set up my SLR camera and tripod on the next street – which thankfully was quiet! Having found the right spot and zoomed in on the best view I’m happy with the result – lots of detail, capturing the scene pretty well. It can be like that in our walk with the Lord – in the same way that I could see part of the scene from Laura’s house but had to work hard to get a clear and complete view, we sometimes need to do whatever is needed to see clearly all that the Lord wants to show us. It might be that circumstances are difficult – it could be illness, sadness, opposition or unjust criticism and we need to ensure that we don’t sink into despair, feeling hard done by, or whatever our ‘Achilles heel’ is. That’s the equivalent to me walking purposefully up the steep street in Sheffield, with the reward being seeing the bigger picture properly and being strengthened, guided or encouraged by what the Lord shows us.