perspective - a shift
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.
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.
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.