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Mix it Up: For a New Perspective

 

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Ruffle things up a bit.  Make a mess of it and then turn it around.  If it doesn’t make sense, do it anyway, just for the heck of it!  Well, that’s what happened this morning in my house.  Yes, once again, I got the urge to rearrange my furniture.  I have this insatiable desire for change.  I love to mix things up a bit and every once and a while –  get a new perspective;  even if means  just moving around the furniture from here to there.  Yes.  I actually put my kitchen table in the living room.  Why, you might ask?  For the simple reason that I wasn’t using my “formal” dinning table, expect to dump papers, books and cutter on.   It’s been given new life, as a french writing desk, sitting elegantly perpendicular to my cherry wood fireplace.   Now, I can image myself to be the likes of Charles Dickens, or perhaps the great Jane Austin, who no doubt, spent hours penning their acclaimed novels fireside.

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When I was younger, it was my hair color that changed when I got restless.  Now, it’s cheaper to just move the furniture around.   Perhaps the strangest thing I’ve ever done is put my microwave in the bathroom;  trust me on this one — I had good reason.  No doubt, that’s a whole other blog.   The point is:  Sometimes we need a new perspective.

I’d been running into the same problem over and over in my life.  I had decided that it must be, something about this place or that place that I didn’t like, so ,I kept on changing my location.  I was trying my best to get a new perspective;   but I just kept running into the same problem, no matter how many times I transitioned from one spot to the next.  Then the Lord made it clear that it wasn’t an outward change that I needed — but an inward one.  It wasn’t the people or the place that was the problem.  The problem was me.  I didn’t have the right perspective.  I needed a godly perspective;  One, only He could give me.

Naomi was an Israelite who had lost her husband and sons in Moab.  Upon returning to the land of Judah with her daughter-in-law, Ruth, she was full of sorrow and bitterness.  When they arrived in the city the local women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;  call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.   I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.  Why do you call me Naomi since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”  (Ruth 1:19-21).  Now, Naomi was bitter.  And bitterness from enduring harsh circumstances can sometimes give us the wrong perspective.  So when times get tough or things just seem unfair;  Be on guard.

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I’ve found that I can’t get a new perspective on my own.  Praying for God’s help is always the answer.  As soon as I asked for help in the above situation, the Lord sent me just what I needed to hear.   I then began to understand how to tweak my thinking.  I repented, and asked the Lord for his power to overcome this stronghold.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,”

(Ephesians 6:12.)   You see, people were not my problem.  I was the problem.  The second thing that I needed, was to dive into God’s word and let his promises wash over me, like a gentle wave kissing the white sandy shores of my heartache.

You see, Naomi didn’t realize that God was holding her in the palm of his hand.  A few short chapters later, God was planning her redemption, her deliverance and her rescue.  He was giving her a second chance at life.  For in due time, He blessed her with a new family, a new home, security and even a grandson to love in her old age.   We may not always understand God’s ways, or even like them for that matter;    However, God reminds us in Isaiah 55:9:

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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Perhaps, there are some things that need rearranging in your life?  You can always start with your furniture but that might not solve all your problems.  It may be you need a new perspective — in inward change of thinking.  Ask God for help today.  He loves you.

 

References:  Biblical Answers to Life’s Questions, Aaron Reisinge