A Change of Perspective

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.

Story teller,

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