Storms of Strife, Perspective and our Hope

Perspective changes everything. Recently I was watching a movie on big wave surfing. They filmed these waves, that to me seemed like normal waves, until they panned out to show the surfers. What looked like a 6’ wave was actually a 66’ wave, but I wouldn’t have known it was a gigantic wave without perspective.

Take the Earth for another example. To me, the Earth is too big to even fathom. Driving through the mountains I was reminded of the glory of God’s creation but it only takes a few Youtube videos to see that in the perspective of the universe, we aren’t that big.

The truth is when we are in any given situation our perspective makes us feel like it’s the biggest situation on Earth. When our boys were born I remember giving up the idea of being rested or having a life. From my perspective the idea of both were not in the foreseeable future. It’s been 3 years since our baby Jude was born and I can say now, looking back, it wasn’t that bad and low and behold I’ve managed to have a life and get some rest.

Obviously this is a trivial problem/example but for some of us we can’t help but feel overwhelmed by our current situation. Some of us are trying to navigate 60’+ waves, while others are struggling with 6’ ones. When situations come to us that cause stress, worry, pain, hurt etc it really doesn’t matter how big the problem is because the reality is the problem is big to you, at that moment.

Don’t give up, and don’t get defeated!

As my Granny would say, “This too shall pass”. And the bible has some great words for you too. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Paul tells us, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Romans 8:6 reminds us to keep our focus on God. “ For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” And again in Phillipians 4:6-7 we find Paul encouraging us in our trials when he says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As you walk through  this journey, may God give you hope and peace as you keep your eyes on Him. Our time on earth will pass. Our situations will change, but at the end of it, we will be able to rest in God’s grace!

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