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  • Writer's pictureHeather Roberts

I need a perspective shift

            I sat at my desk with my top drawer pulled out, staring perplexed. I lifted the glasses from the drawer. Most glasses have two lenses in a frame with two sidearms. This pair had eight lenses all juxtaposed on top of each other at weird angles and eight pairs of sidebars jutting out in all directions. Wearing these glasses would be impossible and frankly painful.

            “Daughter, beloved one, this is what you do to yourself daily.” He paused. I pondered, unable to comprehend He continued, eradicating my confusion. “When you take on the world’s perspective, co-workers, bosses, church friends, social-media friends, godly friends, and even your spouse’s vision for life, you lack space and focus for My perfect vision for you. How can you go somewhere when you can’t see? When you’re sickened and exhausted by blurry vision. Confusion comes in and saps your strength. Throw it all off, spend time with Me discussing each and every situation, consult Me. I will grant you wisdom and eternal perspective.”

            Verses flashed through my mind. My much needed perspective shift.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5, ESV)

          I knew this truth first hand. Countless times the Lord has corrected my behavior without a hint of reproach, only a gentle easing of my heart. How could I forget His gentleness so easily in the face of panic at an unknown and scary circumstance?

 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17, ESV)

        This last verse convicted me in my current situation. I had sought advice from many and had become more confused than when I first started. My actions and words were neither peace-filled or gentle to almost everyone in my life they clearly displayed my state of anxiety. I had not chosen the wisdom from above, but flooded and drowned in the wisdom from here on earth.

Prayer for you and me:

        Lord Jesus, I repent for all the times I ran around seeking wisdom from everyone but You. Please forgive me. Thank You for making me aware of my blunder. Thank you for not leaving us there, floundering and confused, and in pain. Thank you for the perspective shift. Your rescue on the cross is more complete and sufficient for what we lack—wisdom. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.


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