I’m beginning to notice a pattern as I get older.
Life is becoming more complicated. More decisions need to be made. More responsibilities are graciously bestowed. More time is requested. More attention needed here. More detail needed there. More bills come monthly. All in all, more experience is available to be had, whether you went looking for it or not. And that experience than needs to be filtered; it needs to be unpacked and repacked into something useful. Like perspective.
There’s something to be said for perspective. There’s something to be said for being able to seeing beyond your circumstance and considering that where you are not is now where you’ll always be; you’re only passing through and for some reason you may not understand, the Lord saw fit to take you on a scenic route.
There’s something to be said for perspective and how it’s ultimately undergirded by faith. Oswald Chambers illustrates it this way:
God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.
If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.
There’s something to be said for perspective.
There’s something to be said for understanding and accepting the fact that we are simply not our own. And if we’re not our own, then where we go, what we do, and how we get there isn’t up to us. But what is up to us, is what we do with everything we encounter along the way to being drawn closer to the heart of God.
Will we look for the mysterious ways that the Lord has woven together a tapestry beyond our wildest imagination? Or will we see only the other side of the pattern? The knotted and messy strings being pulled and poked here and there without realizing what lies on the other side?