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I’ll Have the Perspective, Please (and some revelation for dessert)

God speaks in the most interesting ways. The more I look for Him, the more I find Him… in everything. Kind of like the old Tootsie Roll jingle… “Everything I think, I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me.” Everything I think, I see, is God communicating with me. With us.

I was recently watching Ratatouille, a Pixar film about a rat cooking in the human world (in a gourmet French restaurant, no less). A renowned restaurant critic comes in and orders “A little perspective… fresh, clear, well-seasoned perspective.” The befuddled waiter doesn’t follow, so the critic tries again… “Perspective. Fresh out, I take it? Very well. Since you’re all out of perspective and no one else seems to have it… I’ll make you a deal… I’ll provide the perspective.” I believe God makes us the same offer. Oh, that we would take Him up on it.

Our perspective has a huge effect on the way we see things. A family friend has a coffee table book full of pictures that look like a repeated pattern but have a hidden 3D image waiting to be revealed. I stared at the first picture until my head ached, squinting, concentrating with all my might, and still could not see the real picture. But then I tried changing my perspective, I moved closer, shifted and relaxed my focus. The revelation appeared… a big heart.

Our loving God, who is above all things, has THE perspective… wouldn’t you agree? Try as we might, we will never truly understand or see anything clearly until we shift our focus to Jesus, rest in Him—relax and receive His revelation.

“A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?” — Proverbs 20:24

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” — Luke 10:21-22

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2 thoughts on “I’ll Have the Perspective, Please (and some revelation for dessert)

  1. Lesa

    O. M. G. I am literally fresh from working on a rough draft on a post about focus. Sadly, about how I am always at the center of mine. True story, much like your hidden heart image, I used the example of those blurry images that only reveal themselves to you after you stop focusing so hard. I have been working on this for a few a while now but this perspective angle give me a whole new…”perspective”! Total tootsie roll/scream moment via your blog. THANK YOU.

  2. anj riffel

    How COOL! We are more NSYNC than NKOTB, sister (resisting a strong compulsion to delete that line and possibly save a few cool points).

    Can’t wait to read your perspective on your prospective post about perspective.

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