My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it true that our perception of reality is often colored by our own unwillingness to look at things from the proper perspective? Is it often a great temptation on our part to refuse to see the forest for the trees?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There's a little project that I've been meaning to get at for a very long time; staining and varnishing a few pieces of molding in our basement recreation room. I put the pieces up several years ago with the intent of finishing them as soon as I found the small, additional time that would be needed to do the job. At the time it seemed that it would probably take no more than a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon to get the job completely finished. That was years ago and many Saturdays have passed since that time. The work is the same, but with the passage of time, my perception of the work changed. Even though I was looking at the same task, I had chosen to perceive it differently; to exaggerate it. I had lost my proper perspective on the work. The longer I waited to do it, the larger the job became.
Our perception of reality is often colored by our own unwillingness to look at things from the proper perspective. It is often a great temptation to refuse to see the forest for the trees.
Here's a story: A man read an ad in the newspaper, “Hunting dog for sale, $2,500.00, but well worth it.” He called the number and the man told him that he had to see the dog in action. The next morning they met and went hunting early. The dog flushed two birds from a clump of bushes and when they fell into the water, he walked on top of the water, grabbed the birds, and walked back on top of the water. The man was amazed, and bought the dog on the spot. The next day he persuaded his brother to go hunting with him. They flushed a couple of birds and the dog again walked on top of the water, retrieved the birds, and walked back to their boat on top of the water. He asked his brother what he thought of the dog and the brother replied, “So, you bought a dog who can't swim?”(Source Unknown.)
In our pride we often choose to overlook what is obvious in favor of that which is not; simply because we are more comfortable choosing our own perspective on things. The Children of Israel took this attitude in the desert. Not satisfied with the food that God provided them, they began to long for that which they had in Egypt. Overlooking the fact that they were slaves and far better off eating manna and quail in the desert, they lost their perspective on what was really true. They exaggerated the situation. When we take our eyes off God it becomes easy to focus on ourselves and our problems. Just like those simple pieces of molding that loomed larger and larger as the months went by, the more we focus on the problem and not on the God who holds the solution for every problem, the easier it becomes to lose perspective. Don't make wild beasts out of your problems when all along they were nothing more than simple pussy cats.
We pray. Heavenly Father, "Dear Lord, help us to keep the problems we face in life in perspective. Encourage us by your Spirit to tackle the issues of life as we face them and not down the road when they may have become larger than life and more menacing than they might ever be. Forgive us Lord when we procrastinate and push the problems of the day down the road. May we always be able to see the forest for the trees and keep our lives and the grace that blesses them in persepctive. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen."
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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