Misplaced Perception

 

So, sometimes our perception isn’t so precise is it? Sometimes how we view it, is just wrong on so many levels? Often we don’t see clearly all the detail of all the stuff in our way and so we make a false judgement, wrong decisions, critical remarks and as a result we act and react on false pretenses just because our vision is dimmed.

The other morning I noticed a spider in the bathtub, and you have to understand, we don’t get along well. No, spiders and me ~ well, we just don’t see eye to eye. Oh, I love the elegant patterns etched into their silken webs and for photography, I find their amazing draping, spun creations fascinating as they glisten with dewdrops in the lazy, hazy, morning sun! However, the way the spider crawls about in mid-air and free-falls to spin its elegant design is frightful for one who’s standing below in close proximity. Maybe it stems from the baggage of a fear awakened in my childhood spirit when upon waking one morning, sleepy eyes met with adrenaline, and widened and focused rather quickly to see a spider dangling from its web about two inches from my face! Did I say, I panicked? How does an eight-year-old figure this one out? Screaming was never my thing, as it was much too loud and dramatic for my quiet side. Yeah, I was on my own for this one and so I was.

I didn’t have much time to think but felt slightly frozen in fear!  Moving too quickly, could prove to be a bad choice, so I gently blew him gently to the left as I crawled out gently on the right from underneath, hoping he didn’t drop further with the wind in his sails. Yeah, to this day, I don’t like them and I really dislike their spidery, eight-legged characteristics and their predictable creepy crawl way they crawl.

So, this day here we were together, him and I, and this spider found lodging in the tub just had to be reigned in! I grabbed a very thick wad of paper in order to make sure he didn’t make a getaway! Now, my eyesight isn’t what it used to be and without magnifying glasses, all fine detail is a blur and a lot of things look the same to me. I sized up the moment as best I could and with a vision quite less than 20/20 I took him out! Upon checking to make sure I had him, he moved and fell back into the tub. I panicked and dropped the whole wad of nonsense, only to recoup to find to my embarrassment, it was nothing but nonsense, as a clearer view revealed a fluffy fuzz of dog fur that floated off the wad, into the air drifting back into the tub. No damage done this time, just a wake-up call to not be so anxious about things that might not even be. But how many times do I need to be reminded?

Do you do the same? Do you find yourself worrying about things that aren’t? Feel panicked about things that aren’t concrete? Anxious about issues that aren’t set in stone? I didn’t see clearly enough to know the detail and so I had it all wrong. Ok, so here’s the thing friends, physical eyesight isn’t always accurate and sweet and beautiful soul, neither is our spiritual insight? We are called to be discerning but we have to take care to see clearly before acting or reacting. In John 7: 24, Jesus rebukes a critical crowd in the temple courts, when He says to them “Do not judge by appearances but judge with right judgement.”

Sometimes you and I and we and us, don’t we just get it all wrong and judge before we gather all the facts? We see we perceive, we size up and we assume all manner of things! Sometimes we listen to wrong words and our false perception leads us off track and nonsense possibly leads many others astray as our false belief gives way to gossip and spreads like uncontrolled flames through a dry forest! Unlike the “no big deal” of it wasn’t a spider after all, we can burn valuable bridges causing a lot of damage to ourselves and to others because of anxieties and false perceptions.

Yeah, beautiful soul, you and I and we and us, we need to take care to give the heart magnifying glasses in order to see things through the eyes of spiritual discernment opened up in the Light of Truth, before we jump headfirst into something that’s all wrong. Sometimes, we need to put our “holier than thou” caps on the hooks of challenge and seek to understand by joining the ranks of those living where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Walk in their shoes and carry their baggage! Not all things come together to make a nice, clean, tidy story of perfection but each one is writing God’s story for our lives as the divine and sovereign God heals, repairs and perfects that which concerns us. David knew His God well and reminds himself and us of His constant care in Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your love O Lord endures forever. Do not abandon the works of your hands.”

How’s our story? Not perfect eh? Rest assured God is working on you and He’s working on them! Who are we to judge then? In Proverbs 3: 13 we have a promise of blessing to the wise and to those who seek to understand.

“ Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding…How then do we get wisdom? How then do we understand?”

James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Words Fitly Spoken

“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
Proverbs 17:9

So often our first choice of defense over an offense is a reactionary retaliation through words and gossip. Somehow, because we hurt, we are under the false impression that this method will fix things, but in reality it only drives the hurt deeper, makes the pain more excruciating and continues to destroy the relationship. How many reputations have we insulted and characters have we maligned by repeating ‘what we know, or sadly, what we ‘think’ we know?” On the contrary, God’s economy is so different! It’s a sweet place of peace, where love is a spiritual warfare, and forgiveness of the offense is our healing.

Proverbs 17:27 confirms the joy that comes when we speak respectfully of and to others. “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Good words given to others not only encourage the listener but come back to bless the giver. How true that is. Where biting words will come back to bite, kind words will come back to bless! Have you seen it in your own life? Have your dished out bitterness to find bitterness returns to lodge in your own heart? Proverbs 15:23 gives a beautiful picture of regal stature and eloquent speech, with it’s analogy of gold and silver. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” How rich are the words of the wise and the timely words of the understanding, sensitive speakers. A word fitly spoken is a speech of excellence manifesting God’s spirit of life within us as He directs our hearts and our thoughts toward the person in need. The right word at the right time, given with discernment, gives a most beautiful gift to the down and out, the outcast, the discouraged, the despairing, the disappointed, the heavy-hearted, the guilt ridden and the fearful! The person in need of forgiveness is in need of a good word, not an attack and not gossip! Have you had words lately? Remember to make them sweet, without flattery, seasoned with salt, of course, but sweet, gentle and kind. Remember Proverbs 25:11 reminds us How important are the words that come out of our mouth?

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Rollin’ The Stone

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So ~ Sometimes when tensions mount and it all seems wrong it’s not really all wrong at all, but simply God rolling the stone away from the grave that we would bury ourselves in, if everyone had their way!

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter, and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him.” John 20: 1,2

It’s ironic isn’t it, that it was still dark, when Mary arrived at the grave site and perhaps she didn’t see clearly enough to know what really went down. She was anxious and tension mounted in her heart of hearts, so she perceived the worst and spread a false rumour about the stolen body of her Lord. Anxiety, pride, and bitterness does that! It makes us act and over react in negative ways. In reality, her Lord had not been taken at all! He was still in control! He had just risen! Go figure! He was alive!
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So beautiful soul, when it’s a dark night for you,and you can’t see the forest for the trees, don’t assume that it’s all bad and all wrong. Perhaps God is just rolling the stone away to free you and let you live more abundantly, under His protection.

His will will prevail though the powers of darkness try to take you out.

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Be Still

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Are you in the rat race? It’s a dog eat dog world out there with wars and fightings among the nations and the countries but also within ourselves there are grumblings and gossip and wars; ~ within our relationships and within our own circles of influence life is bitter and unsettled. God’s direct command to His people was to “Be Still” ~ just be still and know Him! Just cease with the busyness and the worries, the jealousies and the schemes and the strivings to get ahead – to get more! Just stop it and rest! Find peace in Him! Let it go! Slow the activities of the mind and just bask in His omnipotence and in His omnipresence. Exalt Him! Trust Him and let Him mend your brokenness, cradle you in his watch care and in His grace care, because He, the Lord of Hosts ~ The Sovereign One who knows the end from the beginning in this world and yours is powerful and knows you and is with you and will take your concerns and fight your battles if only you hand them over in complete surrender. Let’s take Him out of the box we so easily confine Him to, and let Him fix it and do what he does best!

Psalm 46: 10
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.”

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