Welcome problems as perspective-lifters. My children tend to sleepwalk through their days until they bump into an obstacle that stymies them. If you encounter a problem with no immediate solution, your response to that situation will take you either up or down. You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself. This will take you down in a pit of self-pity. Alternatively, the problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you is only light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem altogether. Turn toward Me, and see the Light of my Presence shining upon you. (April 26, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, Sarah Young)
More perfect words could not have been written when I went to read the above entry in my daily devotional. Sharing it with Dave allowed me to deliver God’s perspective to him much like I deliver news stories. I am just the mouthpiece, but I am taking much comfort in this message. And so, too, have the comments and emails and Facebook posts from many of you near and far lifted us up at a time when we could melt into sorrow. Here I sit in the waiting area of another medical building as Dave undergoes a spinal MRI. How quickly this ordeal is put into perspective when I look up to see a mother with no hair awaiting her procedure with her young daughter nearby. Across from me is a 38-year-old Christian mother of 4 here with her mom as she preps to undergo another treatment for multiple myeloma. There is no cure. Her 8-year-old daughter has had tuberous sclerosis, diagnosed at age 2. Only recently have her twice-a-week seizures been reduced, once her adnoids were removed and she could sleep soundly. So these experiences, perhaps once mundane moments, are so much more profound. God has always been speaking to me, only now I am listening.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 34
This post was written by Tara on April 26, 2011