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Perspective

When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures.

Genesis 9:14-15 (NLT)

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I was driving over the hill, the other morning, and noticed the dark gray clouds in the sky. At one point in the road, I could see a brilliant rainbow curved through the cloud — violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red. However, after the next bend in the road, the rainbow was gone. Only the dark gray clouds filled the sky.

Perspective changes your view.

Although a glass-half-full kind of gal, my world can get gray and dark, too.

Imagine looking at life through wax paper — nothing is in sharp focus, blurry letters on the page of a book, a struggle to read a label or discern between colors, even while wearing glasses. That’s my world these days due to wet AMD in both eyes. It’s scary, frustrating, and at times, very disheartening.

Yet, that beautiful rainbow reminds me of God’s plan and protection over my life. He is not surprised, nor has He forgotten about my problems. He’s just working on His timetable.

His perspective is not the same as mine. I’m limited by time and space, He’s not. I’m limited by the body of knowledge available today. He’s not. I’m remembering my parents’ struggles, influencing my reactions. He’s not. I fret that the shots are not working. He’s not.

That rainbow is a promise — a promise of good to come no matter what happens.

Who knows what may be just around the bend?

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Problems

It has been one of those weeks – even though it was a short one. A new house is never completely done when you move in. We had workers swarming through our home each day fixing, adjusting, repairing, replacing, or just inspecting.  At one time on Friday, four plumbers’ trucks were parked in front of our house. During the week, one problem became so contentions that I took charge, sent out of flurry of emails,and made several phone calls. I did not want to be ignored or dismissed. Notice all the emphasis on “I.” Quickly, the stress of the move came crashing down, affecting all areas of my life, yet the still small voice of God met me right at my core:

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Psalm 37:7 (NLT)

I realized that this was not my problem – I would let it go. The daily decision to let God be in control of my life is often a challenge but when I do, it makes life more peaceful and enjoyable. And you know what?  All of those plumbers’trucks…they took care of the problem.

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