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What do you seek?

Seeking after the things of God, not this world reflects your priorities in life. There is nothing wrong with pursuing a career or interests outside a faith setting. It is when your pursuits in life give no regard to God, you may find trouble beckoning.  The hurts you experience along the way may begin to spiral out of control when you are unable to, or unaware of how to view them as opportunities.

Getting God’s perspective on the tension between joy and tribulation can provide you with the greatest lessons in life.

God has a goal for each and every one of our lives. It isn’t just to make us happy, but to model for us how to be Holy – by being more like Him.  Jesus knew and endured pain, ridicule and shame.  He was disowned, ignored, physically beaten.

The writer of the Bible book of Hebrews says that it was through the pain and suffering that Jesus Christ endured on our behalf taught Him obedience.  (Hebrews 5:8). Through these times it was who He put His faith and trust in that Jesus got through – He learned to depend on God, and God alone.

It is when we can see God’s providential care and involvement in the good and bad times; in the valleys and on top of the mountains; in the dark times and bright, then we can build the resilience that comes from depending on God. 

Not much in this world comes without risk. The saying goes “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.”  Allowing yourself to become vulnerable and opening your heart to God is the first key in allowing the hurt you have endured to be used for good, for those set backs to become set ups! 

It is said of Saint Basil (303 – 379 AD) that his faith was ambidextrous because “he welcomed pleasure with his right hand and afflictions with the left, convinced both would serve God’s design for him.”  Seeking God in all seasons of your life, trusting God in the joys and tribulations of life is where ‘ambidextrous faith’ is beneficial.

When we look around with our eyes open, we can be distracted by the issues and struggles of life.  When you close your eyes, these distractions and biases become less influential. Determine to close you eyes to your hurts and ask God to reveal to you how He is able to turn these around into greater possibilities.

 

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Perspective

SCRIPTURE: Psalms 121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV)

OBSERVATION: The events that were facing King David when he wrote this Psalm are unknown.  Regardless of whether he was facing another battle against the physical enemy, going through a personal struggle or simply reflecting on who the LORD God was to him, we read that King David knew God was his helper.

APPLICATION:  The picture accompanying this blog is one that I took during a recent extended stay in hospital.  During this time I was reminded of a story of two men who shared a hospital room which had only one window.  I recall in that story how only one of these two men could see the view out the window.  During daily conversations, the man by the window would describe the view to the other.  His descriptions included a colourful picture of the park with a lake filled with ducks, people walking hand in hand around the lake and children playing in the park.  Both men enjoyed this interaction which brought joy to their days.

One morning the man farthest from the window woke to find that the other man had passed away during the night.  He asked the nurse of he could swap sides of the room to be able to enjoy the view that was so often discussed.  Bemused, the nurse agreed.  The man soon became disheartened to discover that the view was actually facing a brick wall.  The man was advised by the nurse that the other man was blind and assumed that he was sharing his perspective on what he imagined the view would be like.

We are all faced with moments of disappointment in our lives, along with opportunities to control our perspective and influence our atmosphere.  Like the blind man in this story, I had the opportunity to bemoan my view from the hospital window.  I knew exactly what direction I was looking out at, that I would be able to enjoy the sunrising in my room most mornings, and watching the weather patterns and pedestrians throughout the day.  My perspective was, despite why I was there, to make the most of the time I had to stop, rest and count my blessings; to use it as an opportunity to spend much quality time with God.  Yes, I missed my family and friends, the freedom and fresh air, but I chose to look to the hills, because I knew my help was and continues to come from God.

PRAYER:  Dear God, help me to see life through your perspective, that I may be constantly aware of your presence and help, regardless of my present situation.  AMEN