As we journey through life, we become well acquainted with the concept of viewpoint and perspective. This has been particularly in evidence this year in, for example, the Corona virus global pandemic and the American election.
This concept was brought home to me one Saturday, many years ago, when I was attending a girls boarding school in rural Hertfordshire. I was out for a walk with a small group of friends. We were walking along happily chatting, as we left the village. Then all of a sudden, we witnessed an accident between a cyclist and a car. We were asked, by the adults at the scene, to wait for the police, as we had witnessed the accident. The police took our names and address and we returned to school, somewhat shaken by the experience.
The police came to school on the Monday and one by one, we were summonsed to the Bursar’s Office to give our statement. As this was during lesson time there was no opportunity to collaborate with each other concerning the event.
I was really surprised afterwards (as we shared with each other what we had told the police), to discover how our individual perspectives of the event differed. And what a discrepancy there was between our accounts and the details!
We see circumstances and events through the lens of our own experiences and current level of understanding. In a similar way, on our journey of faith we learn and grow and increase our understanding of our faith as we travel on. There is always more to discover and more for God to reveal to us.
As this year, which has been like no other that we have experienced in our life time, draws to a close I invite you to set aside some time to reflect back over the year.
- Recall the best moments, savour them and give thanks for them.
- Recall the challenges and review how you found God in them.
- Reflect on your perspective on your current circumstances.
- Ask God to reveal his perspective on areas that concern you, as you go into 2021.
You may prefer to listen to a guided meditation which will give you the opportunity to reflect back over the year. If so check out: Review and Reflect
Or to reflect on how your life is at present, check out: The Tree of Your Life
Finally, ponder on the following verses, which the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and the Ephesians:
For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood. Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all.So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run. 1 Corinthians 13:12-14 TPT
Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Ephesians 1:18 VOICE
As the New Year approaches may God bless you abundantly and may he give you all that you need day by day as you journey through 2021.