A few weeks ago as I was going through some things in my room I came across an old journal. As I flipped through it I found something I had written about looking at things through the eyes of a child. I had written about a comment my daughter, around 2 or 3 at the time, had made when she woke up and looked out side one morning. It was one of those gloomy days where clouds covered the sky and it looked as if it was going to rain. I was tired, and looked outside feeling rather depressed. I went into my daughter’s room as she was waking up and when she looked outside, she saw something completely different. She said to me,
“What a beautiful day mommy, look at all the clouds, now we can jump from cloud to cloud today.”
How could you not smile at that? Kids often have a way of helping us to change our perspective.
Reading through that got me thinking about how important our perspective is. We always have a choice in our life as to how we choose to look at things. This is especially important when it comes to trouble and problems.
In her devotional Jesus Calling, author Sarah Young puts it like this:
“If you encounter a problem with no immediate solution, your response to that situation will take you either up or down. You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself. This will take you down into a pit of self-pity. Alternatively, the problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you, was only a light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem all together. Turn toward Me and see the light of My presence shining upon you”
I don’t about you, but I like the idea of climbing the ladder rather than ending up in a pit of self-pity! As we go through trials and circumstances in our life, the way we look at them can bring life or death, joy or despair. So why not choose to look at things from God’s perspective by turning your face toward Him and allowing His Presence to be the perspective changer!