I’ve always loved those visual illusions where at one moment it looks like one thing, but after further investigation, it looks like something else. Maybe you have seen some.
The vase that is actually two faces.
The old lady that actually is a young woman.
When we change what we focus on in the pictures, our perspective of what we are seeing changes with it.
Perspective – what we choose to focus on in life – makes all the difference.
Consider what Habakkuk says:
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
(Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT)
Even though destruction was all around, he chose to see something else. His focus, his perspective, was on God’s faithfulness – not his circumstance.
For most of us our circumstance is what shapes our perspective…
How people are treating us
How our job is going
How my kids are acting
If I have gotten what I want
How I am feeling about my relationships
How my needs are being met (or not met)
Our circumstances in life have a powerful affect on us.
But they don’t have to be the only affect, or even the most important one. There is something far more powerful and far more important that should shape our perspective: God’s faithfulness.
Habakkuk’s perspective: I will rejoice in the Lord, not my circumstance.
Circumstances in life change – God’s faithfulness remains.
“Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever…”
Choose a new way of seeing. Allow your perspective to be shaped by the faithfulness of God!