Good Evening, God
Today my wonderful husband Kit and I walked up our valley and on the way down paused at the park. I love turning the corner and looking down the valley — because THERE is the ocean! I get a sudden shift in my perspective! Hey! We are on an island!
Of course, God, I “know” we live on an island. But, the reality of it is that my mental map contracts. More so, recently, as we haven’t even gone out in our cars more than once a week. So my day-to-day mental map is SMALL. It is our corner of Hawaii Kai — our neighborhood.
Travel does expand our physical map of the world. Just today I shared a photo of a lovely orchid — and realized that I had taken the photo in the Singapore Botanical Garden. That expanded my perspective!
And prayer can be an excellent expander of perspectives. I was in a difficult meeting in December. It hadn’t gone well. But, I didn’t realize how badly it had gone until April when it became painfully clear that I was now persona non grata. Yikes!
So I began praying about it. And as You know, God, the first week or so was spent reviewing the meeting from my point of view. But, by week three I was beginning to have my perspective expanded. I could see that I had had opportunities to ask for “backstory” or even to ask to pause the meeting for prayer.
Still, it wasn’t until week five of praying that I realized I had made a bad mistake. I had failed my own heart’s desires. All because I hadn’t been able to see and believe that You can use a wide assortment of people. . . not just the kind I had come to expect.
Now I am daring to mail out a letter of apology. Sigh. It seems that enlarging our perspective can come with a certain amount of pain and resistance. But, I feel slightly enlarged and more healthily humble.