Perspective is Everything

By Barbara Benton

Did I ever mention that I have a granddaughter named Madison? Barbara1I know, I know – only 10,000 times! Madison is almost ten years old and brings such joy and laughter to us. Michael, our son, was in the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin, so Madison spent the first three years of her life in Madison, WI. While in Wisconsin, Michael’s family lived in a small two-bedroom apartment with one tiny bathroom. When Madison would visit us, she would run around my house, or she would follow me from room to room. One day she looked at me and said, “You have a big house!” Actually, Gaylon and I don’t have a big house at all. Madison’s comment was based on her perspective of what she was experiencing in her life at that time.

Let’s fast forward to Madison’s third birthday which she spent with us in Alabama. They were actually moving to Baton Rouge, LA, where Michael took a position as an assistant professor at LSU. We went with them to Baton Rouge to  move into their brand new home. It was a nice, two-story home with two and one-half baths. It was so much fun to watch Madison run around in the large empty rooms! After we finished the move, Gaylon and I headed back to Alabama.

Several months later, Madison was visiting us again and following me around my house. She said, “Granny, your house is kind of small.” She made me laugh out loud. She was again basing the size of my house on her perspective of how she was experiencing life at the time.

Perspective is Everything!

Have you ever felt as if life was like an oven turned up to 500 degrees and you were inside? In times of great testing, it may seem as if God has gone on vacation without leaving a telephone number where you can reach Him. The thing I have to guard against is judging everything by what I am experiencing at the moment. It seems as though I am either basking in the sweetness of God’s grace or sweating on the hot seat of challenging circumstances. Life seems to bounce between the two. How about for you?

We have a tendency to see things from an earthly perspective, while God sees things from a heavenly perspective.  Alan Redpath stated,

“There is nothing—no circumstance, no trouble, no testing—that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.”

God is always at work in our lives – ALWAYS. We see the beginning, while He sees the beginning and the end. He sees the completed puzzle, whereas we see a stack of puzzle pieces lying all over the place, not knowing where each piece is supposed to fit. Our lives at times seem like the underside of a tapestry. There are lots of threads that have no rhyme or reason, colors running together, chaos.  When the tapestry is turned over one can see that every thread had a purpose in completing the picture.

Perspective is everything!

Isaiah 55:8 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Barbara Benton is a speaker for Women of the Word.  Thank you Barbara for sharing your blog with us. Join us at the Spring WOW April 10 – 12 to hear her teach and minister in person. She is powerful and you will be blessed! Don’t miss the early bird deadline of March 20 to save some money. Register today!

Why WOW?

Women of the Word is dedicating to transforming WOW Logo Colorwomen into Christ’s image through the teaching of His Word and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. WOW offers inter-denominational, inter-generational, and inter-cultural events in the form of conferences, retreats, and one-day seminars. Our speakers are anointed and teach life application of biblical truths in relevant ways. You may laugh and you may cry, but your heart will be touched as God speaks to you.

Isaiah 54 is our theme scripture. Many women experience barrenness at various times in their life. This barrenness may be physical, but it can also be spiritual and emotional. God wants to teach us that when we live life according to His Word, He will water these barren places and cause them to become fruitful. He has purpose for us and we can learn to sing even in barren places.

God’s purpose for us is that we become transformed into the image of His Son and then reflect that image to the world. He wants to use each of us –  at home, in the workplace, in the community,  in the marketplace, and in the church. He tells us to enlarge the place of our habitation (dwelling place) and to stretch out and not hold back. He is for us!!

God wants us to affect the next generation. Our walk with Him is not just about us. It is also about our descendants. God has a plan for them too! He promises to teach them and to give them great peace. They will possess nations! Women, let’s be such lovers of Jesus that the next generations will see the Word made flesh in us and run after Him. Let’s live out what the Bible teaches. This brings blessing to us and to our children and their children.

God encourages us to “fear not”! He is our husband and our Redeemer. Whatever shame may be in our past will be forgotten. Perhaps we looked for love in all the wrong places. We thought that our job, our marriage, our children, or our ministry would complete us. God shows us that we are only complete in Christ!

God has compassion on us with an everlasting love. He has called us! We have a future  as we yield our lives to Him and set our hearts on following Him. He is in covenant relationship with us and His steadfast love will not depart no matter what! What a promise! We will be blessed and we can also be a blessing!

Join us at WOW and bring your friends. It’s about relationship with Jesus and relationship with one another. God bless you !