“Well, it doesn’t look good…things are going downhill from here.”
This was the perspective my friend gave to me the other day during a phone call. As she saw it, things were looking towards the worse.
I listened to her share how her problem had escalated into something…from “her perspective” that seemed out of control.
I had heard another friend, earlier in the week, mention how she wasn’t seeing God answering her prayers. Where was He in the midst of this illness?
When we look at things from OUR perspective things seem daunting, scary or even impossible. But if you spend any time in the books of Psalms and Proverbs in God’s Word you can see that with GOD all things are possible.
These last couple of months, I have walked through some pretty big mine fields myself. We all walk through moments in our lives where we are faced with circumstances that sometimes knock us off of our feet. Circumstances that trip us up on this journey of walking with Christ.
This is the place where we have to gain PERSPECTIVE.
We have to make a decision to turn our worry into Wonder.
I have begun to try to catch myself and before I begin down the long road of doubt and discouragement I try to ask God, “Ok Lord, How are you going to reveal yourself though this one?”
Not in a smart mouth kind of way…(even though that is sometimes how it starts out.)
But in a wonder kind of way. How is the Almighty God going to meet me in this place and reveal Himself to me or even better how is my reaction going to reveal to others what I believe about MY God?
In Hebrews 11:1 it states, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
The part that draws my attention is the statement of “assurance about things we cannot see” or the UNSEEN.
Not to get too sidetracked here, but allow me if you will, to share a story about the unseen that I learned in my garden recently.
About 2 weeks ago, I, along with a dear precious friend, prepared my garden for the Fall vegetable planting. After making all the necessary preparations to the soil, we then, with great delight, planted broccoli, cauliflower, an entire box of lettuce, spinach and collards. I was so excited at how we had jumped ahead of schedule and planted everything. Now, the exciting part of watching it grow with the expectation of being able to enjoy the fruits of our labor very soon!
One week passed and all was doing good out in my precious planting space!
On Thursday morning of last week, I went up to the garden to check on the status of all my little baby plants when much to my dismay, ALL of my veggies had just disappeared…like vanished into thin air!
An unseen predator had come and feasted on MY VEGGIES!
I don’t know when I have felt such defeat, loss for words, disgust and anger all at the same time.
The part about it being unseen is what frustrated me the most.
I believe the writer of Hebrews knew the frustration that is in the believers soul in having FAITH in the unseen. Don’t get me wrong, just because I have learned to turn my worry into wonder doesn’t mean that I do it straight off the bat!
Some people use the word “Fret”. Which is just a pretty word for worry, don’t you think?
I have heard it said that asking yourself, “What is the absolute worst thing that could happen in this situation?” is another way to approach tough situations. By dealing with the outlook of things from that perspective, can make it all look pretty good and then you begin going up hill.
Ultimately…Christ Wins! When our faces are turned toward God in the light of everything we encounter with life, God promises us that He Wins. We know that if we are a child of His. That is where I have to place my trust in having faith in the unseen stuff in my life.
Our Savior loves to take out messes and transform them into His Glory. So asking the great problem solver to see things from His perspective and see what He is up to in transforming your faith. Remember, nothing catches Him by surprise.
Ask God to show you His perspective on things in your life…I know He will!
Therefore….(back to the gardening problem) hopefully, we will be constructing a cute little fence that little or big creatures can not feast like kings on during the nighttime hours when they are UNSEEN!
Hoping you can turn your worry into wonder…especially with the unseen.
Amy – so much resonated with me in this post. The trusting God, the impatient first reactions and the learning to patiently await Him. The grace in a garden and the fence building to come. seeing God work when life is messy and hard takes a special perspective, and your post reminded me of that. Love your work and am so glad you shared it on the FB group! Bright blessings.
Thank you Shanyns! I am honored that you subscribed! Many blessings to you today!
God spoke to me today through you! I am in a the tough circumstance of unemployment as so many people are right now, but know that God has something good in store for me. My worries are lightened by faith that he is in control of my life and his blessings are often not EXACTLY what I had in mind. Because he has shown me so many times, I know his plan is better than mine. It sounds like you took enjoyment from planting the Fall veggies and got to repeat your enjoyment (trying for a different perspective!). Hapy harvesting.
Bless you today! I will pray a special prayer for you today that God shows you His footprints in your garden of life today! Thanks for stopping by and please come again! 🙂
I’m visiting from the Lead Her Facebook page. Your post really spoke to me. I too have questioned how God can be glorified in certain situations. I like what you said about the unseen predator – we also have a preditor that is out to kill, steal, and destory. We may not see him, but he’s lurking around, waiting to blindside us. However, when our focus remains on Jesus, not our circumstances, we won’t fret or worry.
Thank you so much Joan for stopping by! I love new friends. Please stop back by. Blessings to you!
What a perfect and very timely post for me – this is exactly what I’ve been trying to get across to a few people in my life. Thank you for putting it so beautifully here 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Many blessings to you,
Hello there! Wanted to share that I’ve received a couple blog awards this week, and I’m nominating you for the same for the beautiful way you reach into the hearts of your readers. So, hop on over to the “cafe” for a virtual hug, and keep up the great work!
Thank you so much Debbie! I am overwhelmed and honored. Do I come to your blog? Bless you!
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