This entry from Thirty Days of Devotion is called “Using Other Glasses.” I’m a rose-colored-glasses type of gal. I stop just short of sticking my head in a hole, but I prefer to focus on positives as much as possible and will play Pollyanna’s “Glad Game” on a whim.
But sometimes, positives simply can’t be found using a normal perspective. Makes me think of the end of the story of Pollyanna. She couldn’t see all of the harvest from her good work because she was too focused on the bad that had happened.
I see it in my own life. My circumstances at this moment are almost identical to the way they were at this time last year. Yet I’m no where near as stressed this time as I was in 2014. What’s changed? My attitude.
I’m ashamed that much of what I went through last year felt like burdens instead of joy. I spent quite a lot of the summer praying about my lousy eyesight that’s way too trained on my own interests. This year, I find I’m looking forward to each day and relishing the tasks that last year made me feel so constrained.
Nehemiah had something of the same situation. It took him gaining a bigger perspective to appreciate what God was doing then. It is the same for us, today.
We can’t hope to understand the workings of an infinite God with our limited eyesight. (Tweet This!)
When we’re busy looking at our own interests or issues, we miss the big picture. Seeing the full periphery requires using spiritual vision and that requires a focus on things of the Lord, rather than things of the world.
Your Turn: Have you noticed something wasn’t what you expected when you looked at it through the Lord’s perspective?
It’s not too late to join this challenge of spending time daily with the Lord. We’re walking through Thirty Days of Devotion available at Amazon. I hope you’ll read along with us and jump in on the conversation!