Perspective is everything!
"Am I "seeing" today in God's light? Or is it a purely human agenda (my own and other people's) taking up my entire field of vision? How burdonsome that can be. And what a relief it is to let light in; that is, hand it all over to God and re-focus on His presence in the whole picture. Perspective is everything!"
~ Sister Vassa Larin
This part of Sister Vassa's devotion for May 19th in her book Reflections With Morning Coffee really hit home this past week. Often as I work myself up over recent events and anxious thoughts of the future and hurts from the past, I loose sight of this simple and obvious reality. Perspective really is everything. When we come out of our own field of vision, the anxiety lessens. When we re-focus on God's presence, everything looks so different!
Recent events in our lives have led me to seeking His word more often - more time alone with Him and more devotion and prayer. And more listening.... One prayer stays at the forefront of my mind. It's from Philippians. It speaks of thanksgiving (gratitude) and changing perspective from anxiety to one of thanks and focusing on things that are lovely and praiseworthy. Perspective IS EVERTHING!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
Our struggles and challenges are real. But we need not give all of our energy to being anxious over them. We can focus on what is lovely. Perspective is everything!
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me, a sinner.