My wife was scheduled to hike up Badger Mountain with a friend a few weeks ago, but not before a valuable lesson was learned.
On the day of the hike, her friend, who lives at the foot of Badger, called and said they might have to cancel because the weather looked stormy. Directly above her house and over the hill was a dark, menacing storm cloud.
My wife looked out her window from a mile away and saw the storm cloud, but also a wide blue expanse of sky just beyond it. From her point of view, the weather looked very promising. So she sent a picture of what she saw to her friend who laughed when she saw it, and replied, “Perspective is everything!” The cloud passed, and they enjoyed a sunny hike.
We all face storm clouds at times that appear ominous. Perhaps it’s not bad weather, but conflict, debt or disease that create worry and fear. Whatever the threat, like my wife and her friend saw, it helps to step back from the looming danger of the moment to see the grander view.
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From a spiritual perspective, God is always bigger than any trouble we face. If we look far enough, we’ll find the help we need.
When our two children were young, there was a day when everyone in my family became very ill. First one child got sick, then the next, then my wife and then me. I had been diligently praying for relief from the first signs of illness, but by the time I fell ill, I wasn’t sure what to pray about because events had been rapidly worsening with no sign of relief in sight. Yet, I knew from experience that the right spiritual insight could bring healing.
Still expectant, it came to me that I needed to broaden the scope of my prayer. The Psalmist wrote, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” Psalms 103:2-3, NLT. I had been trying to heal disease. But that was God’s job. My role was to praise the Lord and acknowledge no other power at work in our lives.
As I praised and acknowledged God’s power and presence reigning supreme in our home, I immediately felt disease leave my body. Within 20 minutes, all four members of my family were out of bed, dressed, eating normal food and ready for a happy healthy day.
The turnaround was so dramatic that I knew a valuable lesson had been learned. It’s important to not get so focused on the stormy cloud of the moment that you lose sight of God’s power that is much bigger and always present.
The grander view is the enlightened perspective, and it heals.