Viewing life’s storms from a different perspective.
What is our Perspective?
Viewing life’s storms from a different perspective is vitally important if we are to survive them. The following is a Spiritual picture of how we are affected by life’s storms; either battered or beautified..
Along the coast nearby, there is a raised walkway, which navigates the rocky shoreline. We were walking along it during some rough weather with the sea rushing in and out beneath us. Each wave was pushing the shingle back and forth, entirely at the mercy of the sea. The rock face on the other hand was buffeted again and again but remained unmoved. Over time it will be smoothed and shaped by the storm; it’s hidden colours revealed.
This is a Spiritual picture of how we are affected by life’s storms; either battered or beautified. But as I pondered I knew God was speaking to me about something less obvious. I was viewing the storm from a different perspective. This made me question how I was viewing my own storms. If we consider these scriptures:
‘For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ to be guided by His thoughts and purposes.’ Corinthians 2:16
‘He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly places because we are united with Christ Jesus!’ Ephesians 2:6,
We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. Because we have the mind of Christ, we should be viewing life’s storms from a different perspective – a heavenly Christ minded perspective! This will enable us to not only endure the storm but seeing it from this heavenly perspective we will understand it for what it is and see what God is doing with us in and through it.
Returning to the idea of looking down at the storm and referring again to Col 3:3 we see that we should, because we are human also have our feet planted firmly here on earth and be LOOKING UP! …
’Since you have been raised to a new life with Christ, set your sites on the REALITIES of heaven where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand.’
So with this in mind I should not focus on the storm but on heavenly things and learn to trust God’s purposes and dealings with me. Now I’m not saying that it is God that sends the storms (Jesus certainly found himself in one and look what we learnt from that!) But they happen and we can grow in them.
Along with these thoughts on the storm runs a parallel thread of thought which is that of power. We have the fullness of power that comes from God enabling us to stand on solid rock.
Now that is powerful.
‘I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong…’ Ephesians 316-19