Have you ever felt like your perspective was off? I do, all the time! I have weighted contacts for my astigmatisms. Sometimes just by blinking everything becomes blurry beyond recognition. It happens in other parts of my life, too. I start focusing so intensely on one thing that I lose sight of the big picture. Let me give you an example.
Can you guess what this image is? Scan the rest of this page and you’ll see the image in its entirety.
Have you done the same with:
- Your anxieties, magnifying them so much that you forget to be grateful for the many amazing things in your life?
- A friend, parent, child or spouse, honing in on their faults and overlooking their attributes?
- Your shortcomings, seeing only them and not the many incredible talents God gifted you with?
- God? Do you picture him as harsh and cold? Do you think He’s so far-off He can’t be bothered?
- Faith as you stare at the problems of the day and think there’s no possible way to get through them?
- the Bible as you get stuck on the words or can’t figure out if or how it applies to you?
Ephesians 1:18-19 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
That is my prayer, to have the eyes of my heart be enlightened. I want to see, know and embrace the hope God has given me. I want to wrestle with and grasp purpose, joy, fulfillment and, my favorite: deep-seated contentment!
Each week, I will post encouraging Bible verses along with a story to help apply it to your everyday living. I’m all about authenticity. Having Jesus in my life makes the ride so much more enjoyable and bearable, but let’s be honest, it can still be gruesome and tiring! We’re about being real here–no sugar-coating life just to sound religious (whatever that might mean) or to try to fit in.
Carla Barnhill says, “I’m a mess of magnificent proportions.” If that describes you as well as it does me, I invite you to join me on this journey!