by Donna Rudolph
I’ve heard a lot about perspective lately. In fact, every time I turn around I hear, change your perspective, look at it from this perspective…etc. So, I figured God was trying to tell me something. Have you ever heard the saying that God will bring things in front of you time and time again until you sit up and take notice?
Well, apparently, I’ve been looking at situations in my life from the wrong perspective. But, what is perspective? It’s looking at something from a different point of view. What immediately comes to my mind is “vision”, which is looking at things from God’s point of view. Getting on my mind what God has on His mind. I’ve found myself asking the question, “Why me, God?”. After some thought, I get the impression, well, why not you?
Maybe I need to think of my situations from a grateful heart rather than a questioning heart. Not focusing on what I don’t have, but rather what I do have. Have you ever seen things on social media where it asks people to list one thing every day that you are grateful for? Or maybe at Thanksgiving, get a jar and put one thing a day on a piece of paper that you are grateful for and place in the jar for a year. When Thanksgiving comes around the next year, take the jar and read all the things written on the papers that you have placed in the jar. Believe me, it comes out to be quite a bit. It takes more than a few minutes to read. Things look totally different when they are looked at with a grateful heart.
We should probably ask ourselves why we are not more thankful than we are. It’s easy to look at someone else and say, why not me, why can’t I have opportunities like that, or why don’t I have a bigger house, newer car, more clothes, more money, better job, good health…the list goes on and on. My dad always used to say, “God gives us exactly what He can trust us with, no more, no less.” I started thinking about that lately. Here’s my conclusion—maybe if God gave me more, I would take my eyes off Him. Maybe I would be fooled to think I can handle this situation, or that need, or relationship all by myself.
The best thing to do is to keep your focus on Jesus! Everything else just falls into place when we let Him handle the big stuff, and yes, even the small stuff! He’s interested in every little detail of your life and will guide you through the tough times and decisions, wise choices, relationships, whatever the need.
In Psalms 119:105 it says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (KJV) He will guide us! What problems do you have? Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV) Philippians 4:6-7,” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) How great is that?! Not only will He handle your problems, but He will give you peace during the trial, grace during the situation, answers to your questions in His Word.
God wants you to come to Him, He wants you to seek wisdom! God never intended for you to handle these tough situations by yourself! He has given you the tools to work with. All you must do is run to Him! Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV) The good news is, God has not abandoned you!! You must seek Him and He will give you wisdom!
- All things work together for good, Romans 8:2
- Trust in the Lord, Proverbs 3;5
- The God of Hope, Romans 15:13
- God cares for you, Matthew 6:2
- My Grace is sufficient, 2 Corinthians 12:9
- God is able, 2 Corinthians 9:8
- God will restore, Jeremiah 30:17
When we are in pain, God gets our attention. C.S. Lewis said it best, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
God wants you to totally rely on Him, not yourself! So, when we look at our problems, God has a plan. He is looking at it from His point of view, His perspective. God is doing what He sees is appropriate for the body of Christ. If someone has walked away from the body of Christ, that was God’s Will. It didn’t surprise God at all. If someone has stayed, then they have a purpose. God has work for them (or you) to do. Are you in pain? Turn to God through Jesus Christ our Savior. Let Him handle the things you can’t. Let Him carry the burden. Is He whispering? Is He speaking? Or is he shouting?
With Love in Christ Jesus,