My devotion this morning started with the sentence to “Welcome problems as perspective-lifters.” That is an interesting thought.
I do understand that often it is the troubles in our lives that give us an opportunity to see things differently. It took me a very long time to get to that point where I could welcome an issue without losing my mind. When dealing with confrontation, we usually like to point fingers, and say cruel things, but as someone once told me, when we point our finger at others there are 3 more pointing back at ourselves.
When I find myself in the midst of a problem, the first thing I do is pray about it. It took me a long time to get to that point too. I used to want to go run my mouth and cause damage to those that caused me hurt. I have since learned the only person I truly hurt is myself. So now I pray. Who else but God is the perfect one to help us understand why it is we are going through this problem. After prayer if I feel so led, I have a handful of wise people in my life. Many are older women, who have a great deal more life experience than I do and I count their counsel as a blessing. Some are younger but have the gift of wisdom. These are my go to gals.
I enjoy their conversations because they give me a different angle to look at the issue. I try very hard myself to look at why this person is reacting this way based on what I know about them, their life and circumstances. So I guess you could say I try very hard to look at things from a different perspective. However, I have never thought of a problem as a “perspective lifter.”
Problems do open our eyes though. They open us up to life seen by the vast and never ending variety of people on this planet. We are all unique creations, here for a purpose. All different members of one body. So today as I go one with my particular path just for me, I will give thanks for the ability to lift my perspective and I pray you will do the same.
This is probably one of my favorite Bible verses.
Psalm 46:10 says; “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
We do not often quote the entire thing, it is only usually the first half that receives any credence. However, I feel the whole verse deserves our attention.
The first half is most often accompanied by visions of beautiful sunrises or sunsets, birds or butterflies. Any image that evokes the peace and stillness that we are to understand is a part of our Lord. I must admit that often I repeat this part of the verse over and over again, envisioning some serene place in my mind trying to calm and quiet my self and my soul to better be able to hear what it is that God is speaking to me.
For this reason it is one of my favorite verses. As I have stated in my previous blogs, I tend to be busy and do not frequently take the time to slow down. However, this verse forces me to stop for a moment and to just simply be still, just be still and know that God is God. To attempt to understand the true magnificence of who He is.
The second half of the verse reminds us as believers that God is above all and will be exalted. Combining the two halves it invokes an image in my mind of sitting in a quite place pondering the awesomeness that is our Lord and Savior, understanding that He alone is to be exalted and that He will be.
As I have gone along through my day, when I feel agitated or frustrated with a situation, sometimes just repeating the words “be still and know that I am God” is enough to keep me in a good place.
As you go through your week, try being still. Listen. Contemplate. Know that He is God.
I love mornings! It is absolutely my favorite time of day. I love getting up before the sun. Listening to the cacophony of bird song as the sun slowly creeps over the horizon. Watching the song birds momentarily stop at the bird feeder only to quickly flutter along their way, looking for worms and insects or heading back to the nest.
This morning it is still cool out, too cool to sit on the porch. So I listen contentedly from my office, watching through the window into the back yard as several birds flit around.
My red bud tree in the back is currently budding out as well as a couple other trees. The oaks have yet to show their spring flare but I know that is coming soon.
My yard already needs mowing, but is covered in a vibrant purple of hen bit and purple dead nettle.
It is a beautiful day to be alive and I am thankful that I was able to once again witness the dawn.
In my journey I often forget just how much beauty is around me, but today I remember and am grateful for it. Many blessings!