Perspective. It’s a choice. We can choose to see in the positive in life despite the negatives. Or we can miss the positives because of the negatives. Ultimately, it’s our choice. We have the power to choose. Either let the trials of life define us and that be all we see or let them refine us to see the bigger picture.
Yesterday after having my fridge that broke replaced, I realized my dishwasher was leaking and all my flooring was loose. As I pulled it up, I could smell mildew. In that moment, I had a choice. I could choose to partner with the thoughts of “Great, another thing going wrong.” or I could choose to rejoice in the midst of it knowing God would help me work it out. Not always easy, especially when feeling plagued with thoughts from the enemy that are just unfair like, “Oh, if you had a husband you wouldn’t have to deal with this on your own.” or “If your dad were still alive, at least you could call him.” Unfair.
But the Bible tells me, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9 NLT
I love the last verse that says “keep putting into practice what you learned”. We have to practice perspective. We have to practice choosing to rejoice in trails. We have to practice choosing to see the positive. It’s not always easy in the midst of trails, but it is worth it. My story is filled with trials of life, heartache, loss, drug addiction, tragic deaths, loved one’s cancer, pain, but each trial taught me about the bigger picture, my bigger God. I have learned God always works things for good. I have learned God brings beauty from ashes. Sometimes ashes are all we can see, but in that moment we can choose to look to God who is bigger and ask Him to help us see Him in the midst of it. He is what is true. He is what is noble. He is what is pure, lovely, admirable. The choice for positive perspective is a choice to look to Him.
Whatever trial you’re walking through, however seemingly insignificant to the world’s standard, matters to Him. Whether it’s cancer or criticism, a home repair or grief, He cares. And He is able and willing to help you.