Several times in the last few days, I have been given a gift of understanding; an “ah ha” moment. I have been driving or stopped at a light and saw from my perspective what I thought was reality. As traffic began to move, I was able to see that what I thought was the truth in my situation, was actually something else altogether. I had limited vision and perspective.
How often is that the case? How often do I see a situation, or something that someone does or says in a moment, and believe that I am seeing the truth? The Lord knows our human weakness, and Samuel had it, too. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7)
The Lord is showing me how limited my vision is, which encourages me to want to see events and people from His perspective instead of from mine. The first thing to do to change my perspective, is to know more about His perspective and His character. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Ps 119:11-16)
And then I was reminded (again) that we are to have faith and trust in Him. It’s not necessary that we see what He sees, but that we have faith to follow Him. “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) He won’t show us everything, but He will show us enough. “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Ps. 119:18).
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms” (Eph 1:18-20).