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Using Different Glasses

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My hubby stretched out to watch the Ranger game and started snoring in less than a minute. Precious Redhead laughed when a home run fired us all up and woke him.

Her toying didn’t divert him from his nap, at least until the next home run. But it did get me thinking about lenses. The filters I use to see things color my attitude. Or maybe it’s the other way around: my attitude colors the things I see.

Last weekend, we had a visiting minister, O.S. Hawkins, at First Baptist Church in Carrollton and he, along with our Bible Fellowship teacher, spoke on the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk dealt with this issue of how he viewed things. He started out his book in full whine, complaining about the drought and Judah’s sorry circumstances. He implored God to do something. “How long are you going to wait?” Staring at the hopeless state, he experienced utter despair.

And frankly, God didn’t help much because His response was something akin to, “You think this is bad, you’re about to get 300 years of you ain’t seen nothing yet.” The Babylons, of all people, were about to take Judah captive.

It didn’t matter that the Babylonians were worse than Judah, God had a point to make and using that evil nation would work things out perfectly. Of course Habakkuk didn’t like the answer, but he changed his view point. Literally!

Having a different perspective can help me understand what God is doing.He climbed a watch tower to take in a different perspective. It gave him a broader view and helped him see beyond just what he was doing. When I say he got a big picture, I’m not lying. He realized that the situation of Judah not only touched on the nation’s mistakes, but the way God dealt with them proclaimed His holiness. Being the Father He is, He will do whatever it takes to protect His people and to draw them into a close relationship. Even if that happens to be uncomfortable for a while – or 300 years. And God did and does take care of His people in the long run, especially when we learn to fully trust Him – which Habakkuk did by the third chapter in his book.

Like Habakkuk, I’m guilty of circumstantial eyesight. But having eyes that can only hold the view around myself will never enlighten me to God’s work and will usually only depress me. Habakkuk felt that way, but he worked out of it when he recognized the powerful grace of our merciful God. .

I have to do that as well. I have to set my lenses to get the panorama view so that I can tell where God is working.

I don’t have to understand why God works the way He does. Tweet this!

Like Habakkuk, as long as God knows what He’s doing, I’m okay with that.

Your turn: When has the way God works surprised you?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Using Different Glasses

  1. Wow…did this really speak to me today! I have been struggling with job related issues. I want to be able to stay home and write. This helped put it into perspective. I need to be continually reminded that God has my best interests at heart. Even if I don’t like the struggles I am going through. I just need to stay focused on Him. Thanks, Marji!

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    • Carole, you are so encouraging! I’m so thankful that you found some inspiration here. You’re right; focus is key. I still work on that all of the time. Nearsightedness! Especially when I’m the most stressed.
      May you have a super blessed weekend full of grace and peace with your decisions!

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