How must God feel about my perspective on my circumstances? Does He smile because I see them through His eyes? Or does He grieve because I see them through a limited, human lens?
Take today, for instance. I have a gazillion things on my to-do list because we’ve been out of town for 14 days in January. I’ve been waiting all weekend to attack this list, outlining my week’s schedule so I can meet deadlines. Trouble is, I woke this morning doing battle with a bronchial bug of some sort. A couple hours later, a phone call came, telling me about the death of a family friend. A wonderful unplanned Skype call with a missionary friend from Romania followed. Then an unexpected business call sent me down a two-hour detour. And so it goes.
Looking through my human lens, I see I haven’t deleted a single item from my well-organized to-do list. The lack of checkmarks make me feel like I haven’t accomplished anything today. But maybe I’m seeing it all wrong. Maybe I’m fulfilling exactly what God intends for today, and I simply need to adjust my perspective. Can you relate?
Having God’s perspective is so important. I see that in Matthew 16:22,23 where Peter reprimanded Christ for talking about His upcoming death. “Heaven forbid, Lord…this will never happen to you,” he said.
How did Jesus respond? “Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’”
Yikes! Those are strong words. It’s obvious that Jesus isn’t impressed when we allow our human perspective to overrule God’s purposes. He’d much rather that we see life through God’s eyes because doing so enables us to fully engage in what He’s doing.
What circumstances are you dealing with right now? As you think about them, ask yourself whose perspective you have. If you’re seeing them from a human point of view, invite God to tweak your sight. As I look at my to-do list with its lack of checkmarks, I think I’d better do that right now.