Our Perceptions



“Look Miss Addi!  A unicorn!!”  The three year old little girl cried excitedly as she held up an acorn for me to see.

“A paterkiller, Miss Addi!  A paterkiller!”

Our perception of something is not always true or even realistic.  We may see something one way but that doesn’t make it right.  I’m often misinformed about the big picture of life.  Something happens and I complain to God that He’s giving me more than I can handle.  That there’s no way He’s working this out for good.

But just because I say my life is “bad” doesn’t make it so.

Just because I can’t see good doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”  Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that our hearts and our views on life often don’t coincide with God’s plan: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Psalm 27:13-14 says: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  I went to a nursing home last night with a good friend of mine to pass out valentines to the residents.  One of the ladies there wanted us to sit down and talk with her for a bit.  She offered us so much wisdom.  One of the things she said was: “God will always answer.  He may not give you the answer you want.  But He will always answer.”  We perceive one thing as what’s best for us but God knows what is truly for our good.  

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly 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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  Even when life is hard and some trial seems to crush us, we are told that these troubles will lead to an eternal glory that will far surpass any pain or hardship we may have had to endure.  

God’s Word is our guidebook, teaching us how to approach each situation.  Just like I teach the girls I watch the right words for acorns and caterpillars, the Bible shows us that God’s ways truly are best even though we may not perceive them that way.


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