Are you tall? I’m 5’4.5″ tall. Yes, that half inch is important to include, especially when you’re my height. My husband is 6’4″ tall. You do the math. He is almost a foot taller than me. I spend a great deal of my time looking up. I do; however, remind him that dynamite comes in small packages.
My mother’s side of the family is height challenged. She is 5′ even. My aunt is 4’11” tall and my grandmother was 4’10” tall. I was the giant of the family comparatively speaking.
My height remains the same, whether I’m standing next to my mother or my husband. My perception of my height may vary depending on who is beside me. The same is true of our circumstances in life. Yet, when faced with problems it is easy to become overwhelmed.
Yesterday a friend of mine, who works on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking, called me. He shared how a Facebook post of mine gave him the shift in mindset that he needed. He felt overwhelmed by the need before him and his inability to do anything about it. The post didn’t give him a new strategy for fundraising or getting women off the street. It simply shifted his gaze.
Hebrews 12:2 says,
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
When we take our eyes off of Jesus, it is easy to become overwhelmed in life. Our problems suddenly seem huge and insurmountable. However, when we look at our problems next to the enormity of our God, the problems pale in comparison.
I can’t help but hear the lyrics of a Rich Mullins song swimming around in my head as I write this:
Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power, and love, our God is an awesome God.”
Our problems are nothing compared to the awesome God we serve. The only way they grow is when we place our focus on the problems instead of our God.
Where are you looking today?
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