seeing the same things in a different way, that’s what my faithful friend, the all weather walker, promised me if I would just take her advice and do this one thing. what one thing? what one thing could possibly give me a new perspective, a new way of looking at things, a different view? walking in the opposite direction on my morning walk, that’s what. This was my friend’s suggestion for me, more like her challenge to me – that I walk in the opposite direction on my morning walk. Unthinkable! unheard of! revolutionary! mind-boggling! – that I should make such a drastic change!
After all, I am a creature of habit and old habits die hard. So I continued in my familiar, comfortable walking ways. Until today, that is. Yes, today I accepted my friend’s challenge and did something different. I walked in a new and different direction than before. As my walk is a combination of walking the golf course and neighborhood sidewalks, I now found myself entering the golf course where I normally exited, and finishing where I usually started.
Very confusing. But . . . the view was different. My friend was right. I noticed things I had not seen before. And I viewed my still familiar surroundings from a different viewpoint, giving me a new perspective. Particularly noteworthy was the fact that my big, bold, bright blue BUMP letters now came after said bump, so they served no purpose for me as I approached from this new direction. The warning letters came too late – after I had already encountered the bump, and they were now upside down. (that is from my new point of view)
I guess perspective is everything? What had been downhill for me was now uphill and what used to be an incline in my path was now a descent. I was entering exits and exiting entrances. The end of my walk was now the beginning and the beginning of my walk was now my end. I was confused. I did not know the beginning from the end.
Fortunately, my Heavenly Father does. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” (Isaiah 46:10)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
I was seeing things differently alright. My vantage point had changed, changing my point of view along with it. I was seeing a long familiar landscape with new eyes because of my new perspective. If only I could gain a new perspective on familiar people, situations and circumstances in my life – I might view things in a different way and gain new understanding.
If I could see things the way God sees them. Isaiah 55:9 says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
God’s view is so much higher than mine. I can never attain to the position from which He views all things simultaneously. My perspective will always be limited by my human constraints, tethered to the time and the place in which God has me living my life. So I will trust Him. His view of things is much broader, more inclusive than mine. He has the advantage of Omnipresence and Omniscience.
God’s perspective is perfect. Better I trust Him than to rely on my own incomplete understanding, which is based on my limited view of my surroundings and circumstances, a view which changes every time I change direction. But I never see the whole picture all at once. Every new perspective I attain is still a very limited one.
So I will continue to “Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways I will acknowledge Him, and He will direct my paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
sincerely, Grace Day