By Chris Denning
Have you ever been in the middle of a storm?
I’m talking about a thundering downpour that makes you worry about your safety. I grew up on the coast, and these kinds of storms were not out of the norm, especially during hurricane season.
There were times when I was out playing with friends, and I was caught in the middle of these storms. These storms were simply overwhelming. They came on quickly, and I couldn’t see the end of them. Worst of all, there was nothing I could do to stop it.
These storms are similar to difficult circumstances in our lives.
Often times, these circumstances are simply overwhelming. They can come on quickly, and its terribly hard to see the end of them. One of the hardest parts of these circumstances is that they are most times completely out of your control.
It seems like you can’t do anything to fix things, and it feels completely hopeless.
While this may be true, and you may not be able to change your circumstances, you have the ability to determine your perspective of your circumstances.
Your perspective of your difficult circumstances often determines your outcome.
- This DOESN’T mean that you are in control of the outcome, because ultimately God is.
- This DOESN’T mean that you are in control of others, because they have free will.
- This DOES mean that your perspective has a great deal of influence over your attitude and your ability to weather your storm.
If you can see your current circumstance as a way for God to change and grow you . . .
If you can understand your current circumstance as a divine part of your story . . .
If you can believe that your current circumstance is going to be worked out for your good, because of His love for you . . .
Then you have the opportunity to walk through your circumstances with joy, rather than spite, with confidence, rather than fear, and with hope, rather than despair.
Take joy. Take heart. Take hope. Ask God to help you change your perspective of your circumstance, because it will change the quality and direction of your life.