What helps you get perspective? A long walk. A good book. A night out. The mountains. The beach. Often times life can be overwhelming. Sometimes the way forward just seems clouded. In these moments we need perspective. We need the fog to clear. We need to see reality in a fresh way.
At FSBCS, we require our pastoral staff to take one full day each month to do nothing else but get alone and spend time with Jesus in bible reading, prayer and reflection. We do this for many reasons, but one of the reasons is to gain fresh perspective. Today was Keith’s day and I’m looking forward to hearing about the fresh perspective he gained with Jesus.
This afternoon, I found myself needing a little perspective. It was my first day back after being out for a week sick. I couldn’t wait to get back in the office and work. I had a super productive morning and then around noon I received a call from Susan telling me about our shower and toilet overflowing into the bathroom, through the walls and into the floor in the adjoining rooms. Our other toilet had overflowed in a similar situation the Saturday before. As the plumber arrived and began to assess the situation, it quickly became clear that we had a significant amount of damage that was going to be expensive to repair. I came home to talk with the plumber and the dry-out company. We made our calls to the home warranty and insurance companies. I began to wonder about the vacation we’ve been planning for this summer. I found myself a little overwhelmed and needed to get out of the house to get a little perspective. I grabbed my computer and headed for Starbucks to try to catch up on email. As I approached Starbucks I noticed police cars everywhere. The closer I got, I could see there had been a wreck. As I drove right up on the scene, one car sat completely upside down while another appeared totally smashed together. Perspective flooded my mind and heart immediately. I began to see reality in a fresh way. I had a several thousand dollar plumbing bill coming, but these dear people may have lost their lives. Someone’s spouse may be gone. Someone’s mother may be fighting for her life. Someone’s best friend may have just died. I needed perspective, but had no idea how it was going to come. I’m sobered and I’m thankful for my plumbing bill.
Do you need perspective today? What helps you have perspective? A day away? A night out? A weekend trip to the mountains? Whatever it is….Slow down. Be still long enough to see what God sees and the way he sees it.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9