Perspective changes according to how close or how far we are to the situation. If we are too close, the situation can look larger than life. If we are too far away, we can overlook details.
On a recent flight I took pictures out my window that illustrated the change in perspective.
The flight began going through low cloud cover. Life sized objects began to shrink. Variegated layers of dark and light grey clouds passed by the window.
Going higher, the jet flew through that layer, looking down on the smooth clouds. The view of the earth was still obscured; thick gray clouds were below with scattered fluffy ones above.
Rising higher still, the sky got brighter and deeper blue. Visibility of the earth below increased as the clouds broke up.
At 35,000 feet above the earth, the sky became clear. Far below, the countryside looked like a patchwork quilt. Buildings and vehicles on earth looked tiny. Clouds were gone. It showed a totally different perspective than when the plane took off.
When we are too close to our problems, from our perspective we only see dark clouds hanging over us. We don’t see the full picture.
But as we seek the Lord in his Word and prayer, we grow closer to Him. Our perspective shifts as we gain a little more of His point of view. <click to tweet>
When we look up with God and down on our problems, we gain a better perspective. God sees the whole picture, like seeing the patchwork fields and curvature of the earth.
7 Verses to Improve Perspective:
When you need to improve your perspective to soar above the low hanging clouds of problems and discouragement, meditate on these verses to lift your focus for clearer vision:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 NIV
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 NIV
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial; because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 NIV
“But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 NIV
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 NIV
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is God’s perspective on this? Search the Bible for wisdom.
- How can I see things differently? Pray for godly insight.
When faced with challenges, try looking at the problem with a different angle.
The other day on my morning walk, I went to a local park where I’ve gone many times. That day I took the usual path, but choose to head in the other direction. Doing so, the trees looked different from the other side. What was once downhill was now uphill. Changing perspective gave me a different view of the park.
How can you improve your perspective today?
May you be blessed as you seek Him.