As I locked up and entered the garage all I noticed was the garage door closing with the car outside. I began to fume as I punched the garage door opener and walked to get into the car. My husband turned to me smiling and then frowned when he saw the look on my face. I proceeded to tell him in a stern tone and quite a few words that I did not appreciate him making a statement to me about running late by closing the garage door in my face. Three children sat in the backseat watching this exchange. My husband then said, “I can see how you would think that. I merely closed the garage door while we were waiting because the wind was blowing into the garage and ripping the kid’s artwork off of the corkboard.” Oh….well, yes…that was very kind of you. So I humbly apologized to him and the children and we went along our way.
Often times, perspective can make a world of difference. When I spend my time looking only at my circumstances, I often miss other perspectives. But most importantly, I miss the bigger perspective in life. It’s so hard for me to focus on God’s perspective when I am so wrapped up in my own. For example my perspective of peace could be described as an easy and tranquil life that brings happiness. God’s perspective on peace is only found in walking with Christ. What would happen if we shifted our perspective? To discover “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. We would then find peace in our hearts in the midst of our circumstances. It would be easier to see other people's perspectives. And we would be able to put down our agenda and look for God's bigger picture.