Perspective, Part 2

Today was a beautiful day! We were once again blessed with a reprieve from the rain and the cloudy weather – and while it was still chilly by my standards, God nonetheless treated us to stunner of a day.

I’m amazed at how quickly the sun brightens my mood. Earlier today, I finished running an errand, and felt led to take a picture of the sky.

After I snapped the photo, I thought, “How did that cloud end up in there?” Truly, the sky was so blue today, you had to go to great lengths to find a cloud. Inexplicably, one managed to crop up, smack-dab in the middle of my photo.

I was immediately reminded of the importance of perspective. Even though I posted on this topic recently, it occurred to me that the Lord wanted me reflect on it again, but from a slightly different angle.

My first post focused on getting us to view our experiences – including the ups and downs of life – from God’s vantage point. Today, I feel like God is asking me, “What draws your attention first? The blue sky, or the clouds?”

Good question, Lord. At first, when I was blissfully unaware of the clouds, I celebrated and took delight the vast blue sky. I felt like I could see for miles.

Then, after taking the picture, my attention shifted to the cloud. I mused, “how did that get there?” And, if I’m honest, I thought, “that little cloud messed up my photo!” I was mildly irritated.

As I sit here typing this, I must admit that my gaze still goes straight to the cloud. I wonder why? The sky is still as vast and blue as it ever was, but all it took was one little cloud, and my perspective totally shifted.

So, today I am grateful for the tender way that God reminds me that perhaps I’m not quite as far along in my faith journey as I first thought. Yes, I am saved, and yes, I believe in Jesus. My eternity is secure, and I know in my heart and mind that the Bible is true.

However, if all it takes is a little cloud to take my eye off of what’s really important, I know that the Lord still needs to do some work in my heart. Some may think, “You’re being too hard on yourself – after all, it’s just a cloud!” I don’t see it as being hard on myself, though – I see it as a gentle tap on the shoulder from a tender and loving God, who wants nothing more than to take care of me, and to remind me, “I’ve got this! You don’t need to worry about anything.”

Perhaps the next time that you look up at the sky, you’ll take a moment to ask yourself, “What do I focus on first?” Is it the cloud, or the sky? Remember that the sky is vast and immeasurable, but a cloud is transient, insubstantial, and limited – in size, scope, and location.

Something to consider as you go about your day – perspective really is important!

Here is my prayer for today: Lord, thank You for this incredibly simple, yet hard-to-miss reminder that left to my own devices, my mind tends to focus on the clouds in my life. I’m sorry about this. It’s not that I should be in denial, and act like clouds are not a reality in my faith journey, but what You are asking me is this: “Where do you focus your attention first?” Help me, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, to acknowledge the clouds in my life, and then direct my attention to You and trust You to meet all of my needs.

I am grateful for the clouds, too. After all, if life were cloud-free, perhaps I wouldn’t appreciate the clarity and vastness of the skies before me.

Thanks again for the incredibly sweet ways that You speak to me through Your creation. Despite the cloud messing up my little snapshot, today was glorious. Truly, the Psalmist knew what he was saying when he exclaimed, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24, NASB). I rejoice in this beautiful day, and I thank You for it! In Your name I pray, Amen.

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