Its all in how you look at things. Yes, its a matter of perspective. Its so easy to get wrapped up in the circumstances of life and not see the possibilities of the future. As Paul sat chained to a Roman soldier, a prisoner with little hope of release, do you suppose in that moment, he felt himself a failure? How could he know what God would do with his letters, scratched on parchment in the half light of a candle? Do you think he fancied himself a world shaker?
When the sky grew dark and the earth shook; when the veil in the temple was torn in half, do you think the followers of Jesus felt like -more than conquerors-? As they looked on their leader, stripped, beaten, and dying a disgusting degraded death, can you imagine the sheer terror that gripped their hearts? I can. Ive been there. Havent you?
As a young couple, my husband and I faced the death of a vision. We thought our lives as we had projected them were over. We felt betrayed by those we trusted; maligned and abused. I held onto that hurt, and it grew ugly in my heart, overshadowing the future that God held in store for me. I grew to resent and even hate those who I thought had abused us. One night as I fell asleep, I found myself in the presence of God. He stood with me (you know how dreams are) and we surveyed the little community that had caused me so much pain. Suddenly I found myself lifted up physically, as if I were on an elevator into the sky. As I looked down, that community, so huge in my mind; grew smaller and smaller. I began to see other communities, then the state, then the country, then all I could see was THE WORLD ITSELF, filling my view. It was then that God spoke, and said, -This is how I look at things--. At that moment my heart was set free. I saw how small my vision had been and how eternal Gods vision is for me. I was able to put the hurt behind me, and release the offenders in my heart. I suddenly saw a glimpse of the life God had in store for us. Hope was born in my heart.
God wants you to look at life with the eyes of faith, believing in the possibilities that are endless in Him.
Once again it all boils down to the One you trust,
the hand you hold,
the truth you believe.
How true, Pauls writing in Romans 8:28 …and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Let the circumstance of your life make you better, not bitter. Commit yourself to Him, and surrender to His purpose. The world is waiting for you.
By: Carol S Short