perspective - a shift

perspective - a shift

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This morning, walking on the beach with Celia, I experienced the stifling heat of the gulf coast even though we were out early.   Have you ever sensed that on a gulf coast morning - no breeze, just heat and humidity as you ran or walked?  We couldn’t feel any breeze and it was miserable.  Honestly, our attitude wasn’t great and we weren’t enjoying our morning coastline walk.

Once we had gone as far as we wanted to the north, we turned and started heading south.  A shift in our physical position.  We were now facing into the gulf breeze coming off the water.  Immediately, we felt the breeze in our faces.  It was no longer at our backs and our bodies began to feel refreshed, our attitudes began to shift.   We both noticed it and began to talk about how we were still in the same place, but by changing our position, facing the breeze, our outlook immediately adjusted.  And you know, before we turned we were ready to quit, to just be done.  But once we turned, we felt like we could easily walk another mile or so…and you know - we wanted to.

Isn’t this true in all our circumstances.  We face one direction in a struggle, or we can turn the opposite direction in the exact same place and see things from a fresh perspective.  Misery, heartache and suffering can turn into peace, joy and refreshment just by adjusting our perspective.

 
My favorite scene in Apollo 13 is when Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris) is speaking with his boss, NASA’s Director, who claims the mission could be the worst disaster in NASA’s history.  Kranz’s response is, “With all due respect sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”  I love his perspective and ability to expect the best in an awful situation.  However, as believers, our perspective shifts when we remember GOD is with us and HE is at work in all of our circumstances.
 
“And I am certain that GOD, who began the good work within you, will continue HIS work until it is finally finished on the day when CHRIST JESUS returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

There are so many examples of this in the Bible.  The Israelites trapped at the Red Sea with the Egyptians bearing down on them…only to find that they were standing in the perfect place to witness one of the greatest miracles of all time.  Martha and Mary, standing in front of their brother’s tomb with JESUS 4 days after he died were heart broken, but they were in the exact place where they would witness one of the truly great moments of the New Testament.  

As I walk in faith, I hit roadblocks and my first response is to the challenge is to be frustrated, angry, or feel defeated.  It usually takes a little time before I realize that I might be experiencing the answer to one of my prayers.  I probably asked The LORD to open and close doors, yet I somehow get frustrated when the first door closes.  Instead, my perspective needs to shift.  This could be the beginning of something great.  My little reminder on the beach this morning is that current circumstances do not trap me, they only serve to help me seek GOD’s perspective.  Where is HE...what is HE doing in this situation...how is HE going to come through?  Shifting my perspective helps me trust HIM more and enjoy the ride HE assigned to me today.

 
Let The King of Glory Enter!

Let The King of Glory Enter!

Why we go

Why we go