“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
The “boiled down” dictionary definition of the word “perspective” is this: A point of view or outlook that is based on the angle from which you see something and the way other things affect your sight. In other words – your “perspective” all depends...on where you’re standing, whether you can see clearly or not, if anything is blocking part of your view, on any previous experience you’ve had, etc.
Think about a drawing of a building, for example. Your “perspective” is nothing more than the view you have of it when you’re standing in a certain spot. It’s certainly not the WHOLE truth about it! Even looking from the corner, we can only see two sides of the building – but from our experience we can “fill in the blanks” of what we know has to be behind what our eyes see.
Perspective, then, is how things appear – but not necessarily how they truly are.
What I really need is the ability to see things from a true perspective – God’s perspective. He is the only one who can see from eternity past to eternity future, understanding how all the pieces fit together.
As I begin to step back from my limited view of life and to think about who God really is, the problems and situations of daily living, which often threaten to overwhelm us, can be seen more realistically.
I am not the center of the universe, and no difficulty is too great for God to handle. The psalmist declares this idea beautifully in Psalm 8. All I need to do is to look at the vastness of creation and compare my life to the eons of time, and I will see the miraculous truth: I am but a vapor, a “blip” on the screen of eternity, and yet God IS mindful of me. He loves me so much that He gave His only Son to die in my place, and He desires to have a personal, daily relationship with me.
Prayer: Ah, Lord God, help me to see myself and my circumstances through your eyes. Give me more of an eternal perspective so that I can live with an attitude that reflects your truth.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 8