Our limited perspective

I was at the hospital early this morning and I had just walked through a set of doors by hitting the metal square on the wall.  Once my business there was finished, I hit the button to go back through the doors, but the doors would not open.  From my point of view, I was now trying to get out of the area I felt trapped in.  Somebody came from the other direction and opened the doors so I could get out.  They told me that those doors were locked to keep people out, so they could not get in.  I said I was not trying to get in, but get out.  I know it sounds like an Abbott and Costello routine.  What was going on was that I had left the emergency room and was in a back hallway at the hospital.  Even though I looked at it as wanting out of that hall, the people in the ER saw me as wanting in.

It is a great reminder that perspective is of the utmost importance.  We can not help it that our perspective is just based on where we are and what we know.  We can, however, try to remember that we have a limited perspective.  If we can simply remind ourselves that there are things going on that we cannot see, that there is a loving, caring God who knows things we do not know – – as a matter of fact, a God that knows everything, then we may be able to better handle the times we feel trapped.  We may be able to better handle the times that things do not go our way.  Sometimes when we think we want in or out, God wants exactly the opposite for us, and it is always for our good and for His glory.  And while you and I will never be able to see things from His perspective, remind yourself any time you doubt Him that although He is doing something that you do not understand, His way is perfect.  God is good all the time.  All the time, God is good.

Now we see a dim reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12











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