In recent months God has really been speaking to me and challenging my perspective in life. Through which lens do I look at life and how does that affect my situation?
To give some background, my mum died Nov 27th 2011 from cancer. She had been diagnosed 9 years previously and walked an amazing journey with God throughout. In her last weeks, she was being cared for in a hospice.
In the hospice, I had an opportunity to pray for a nurse who was looking after my mum, her wrist was strapped up and she was finding it incredibly painful to move. My brother and I prayed for her and she was healed! Wow, amazing! She was overwhelmed. What an amazing experience for her I thought. Yes, amazing, but I had a question or two for God now. Why heal her and not mum? While I’ll probably never know why mum wasn’t healed, I do know why God healed that nurse. My mum had an amazing relationship with Jesus, and she is now in heaven, enjoying eternity with Him. For that nurse, that encounter was one step closer for her to have that same eternal outcome, salvation. That’s eternal perspective!
My glass is always full and overflowing! I live from the cross, victory. 1 Corinthians 15 v 57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”
I choose in all things to see what God is doing, not what He’s not doing. I want to live to glorify Him, so I want to see the things which I can give Him the honour and glory for. I still have questions, but they don’t affect my perception or worship of Him. His character is steadfast, I’m the one who is up and down!
When we look at our circumstances through the eyes of Jesus, our focus changes. Hebrews 3 v 1 says to fix our thoughts on Jesus. When Peter got out of the boat, as long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus he overcame the storm, as soon as he looked away he was overcome (Matt 14 v 30).
In all things I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8 v 37), why? Because of what Jesus did on the cross for me. He bought me victory. So I live from victory. Daily, I choose to look through the lens of victory. My lens isn’t automatic; it sometimes needs a manual tweak, that’s where I need to make a choice.
In all situations, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus gives us perspective. It shows me that I am not defeated, I am a conqueror, this situation does not overcome me, but I overcome it. Jesus is bigger than my situation and I am in Jesus (1 John 3 v 24).
When something comes up against you, what is your attitude? A couple of days ago, our car transmission died, a mechanic estimated it to cost us around $1600! Instead of being upset and overcome by the lack of finance to pay it, I say ‘thank you Jesus for giving me another opportunity to grow in faith and trust in you!’ Because I know that the best way through the turbulence is to focus my eyes on Jesus, He always has the best for me and His track record for me has been provision (Matthew 7 v 11). So instead of partnering with self-pity, I choose to partner with victory!
So I ask you again, is you glass half full, half empty or overflowing, what do you choose?