A New Frame of Reference

I can’t believe I’m so crazy about it. 

The Eiffel Tower. 

I’d gotten used to seeing its image everywhere -- from notecards to dish towels to wrapping paper. 

I wondered what was so special about it. I certainly didn’t expect to be so impressed by seeing it in person. 

But the minute I caught a glimpse of it, even from a distance on my first day in Paris, it took my breath away. 

I couldn't wait to get closer to it. To experience the scale of it. When I stood under it, looking up at the ironwork, it was beautiful and remarkable and extraordinary all at the same time. 

I was stunned by its magnificence. And the enormity of it. 

It looks so small from a distance. And it especially looks small on notecards and dish towels and wrapping paper. 

Even though I knew it was one of the world’s tallest structures, I couldn’t imagine the beauty of it from photographs until I experienced it.

As I crisscrossed the city, walking from one tourist attraction to another, every time I saw it peeking through the trees or hovering over a bridge, my heart skipped a beat. 

There it was. 

I took tons of photos of it. From far away. From a boat on the river. From right underneath it. 

During the day with the sun glinting off of it. 

At twilight with a sliver of the moon just visible rising over it. 

Sparkling with white twinkling lights at night. 

I am reluctant to admit it, but I’m in love with the Eiffel Tower. 

Now I’m the one buying the notecards, the dish towels, the wrapping paper. I can’t get enough of the Eiffel Tower. 

My experience changed everything. I stood under its shadow. I was surrounded by the intricate web of its latticework. When I saw the tower in person, it changed how I thought about it. 

I saw God from a new vantage point this year, too. 

In fact, I don't think I would have found myself standing under the Eiffel Tower if I hadn't said yes to looking at things differently. 

I’d always known God but the way I thought about him was transformed. I grasped how I could have a deeper relationship with God. 

To understand how he wanted to work in my life. To discover how he could take my faith and make it stronger, richer, bolder. 

A changed perspective helped me see God in everything and trust that he will bring good from the events and experiences in my life. Even when things don't turn out as I think they should. 

God sees my life much differently than I view my life. He sees above and beyond, deeper and wider than I ever can. 

A verse in Psalms says God is our refuge, like a strong tower against what we’re facing in life. 

I want to stand in the shadow of that tower. In awe of his wisdom. 

His beautiful graciousness. His remarkable faithfulness. His extraordinary mercy. 

I am stunned by his magnificent love for me. And I'm crazy about it.


  1. So beautifully written.... You inspire me!

  2. Beautiful post! I love hearing more about your trip to Paris too!

    1. I can never get enough of Paris and I'm happy you share my love of all things French!

  3. Great article! Wonderful pictures! Treasured relationship with God!

  4. How great to be reminded of God's great love and the shelter it provides. Great post!

    1. It's hard NOT to be in awe of all he does for me!

  5. Valerie! Your photos are incredible! How beautifully you showcase Paris!

    1. Thank you! There is so much beauty in Paris and I'm glad you enjoyed my photos! :)


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