Seeing With Different Eyes

“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” How many times have we looked at people, circumstances, or events, to find that our judgements have been misplaced. It’s very common especially with meeting a person for the first time. Opinions are made and conclusions are formed based upon a few minutes of partial information that has been quickly gathered by the observer. Sometimes assumptions are correct — other times assumptions are wrong. I think the more details you know about something or someone the better you can determine its level of credibility and reliability.

This coming July 2017 will make 36 years that I’ve accepted Jesus into my heart as my Savior. I remember like it was yesterday….my light yellow “pre-junior choir” dress with a black bow in the front, white laced socks, and black buckled shoes — I came to the altar and asked the Lord to save me and do something with my life. Over the years I’ve experienced victorious mountains as well as low valleys but God has been faithful every step of the way. My walk with Him has been often sprinkled with what I call situational ironies. That is when I think I know the way He’s going to do something (based upon the partial information I’m aware of); only for Him to come through in another way I least expected. Life can be much easier if we sincerely learn to have faith in God, His plan, and His timing.

I love one of Dr. Mike Murdock’s quotes that says “God’s greatest joy is to be trusted.” Most times our trust level with God is paralleled to our trust level with man; meaning, we equate God’s reliability to the same degree of reliability we experience with people. In other words, if it’s hard for you to trust people, it’s more than likely hard for you to trust God. We are relational beings and consequently, our vertical relationship (with God) is in direct correlation with our horizontal relationship (with others). Though we may not know exactly how a hard thing will work out, we can be sure that God is aware of every detail concerning our lives. Remember there is always more than what meets the eye in a matter. Trusting that God is for you can lead to a joyful and expected end.

A “no”, loss of job, divorce, or health challenge is not the end of all things. Look closer. Look deeper. Investigate and discern from God’s perspective. If they walk away, let them go. If it worth’s fighting for, hold on. If God has promised you anything, set your face like a flint until you see it come to pass. “Looking away from all that will distract us and focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, Amplified).

May peace and prosperity be with you always.

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