The older I get, the more I realize how easy it is to dwell on the negative. When something goes wrong or it's been a rough day, it is so easy to complain. And in fact, sometimes, I feel justified by it. I had a bad day. I'm allowed to complain. I'm allowed to be in an ugly mood.
One day, I was very much stuck in that mind set. I had already decided it was going to be a bad day. In the middle of this "bad day", Jesus spoke to my heart quietly.
Are you going to allow Me to show you this day from My perspective? Are you going to allow me to show you what I'm doing?
I was already so determined to have a bad day that I missed it--even in the difficult moments, He is working on my behalf. He is showing up and changing atmospheres and shaping me.
In the middle of all of the negativity we see on the news, the anxiety that we struggle with, and the pure turmoil we face, it is easy to lose hope. It is easy to magnify our problems more than who Jesus is in the center of our problems.
When you magnify something, it gets bigger. I remember playing with magnifying glasses outside when I was little and being shocked by how big the bug or leaf looked under the magnifying glass.
When we choose to magnify Jesus, we are magnifying the Problem Solver. We are choosing to believe in a God-breathed, God-inspired solution rather than be overwhelmed by all the “ifs” and the “could be’s”.
In Leif Hetland's book, Healing the Orphan Spirit, he states it beautifully: "We can live from one of two perspectives... Big problems, little Papa... or big Papa... little problems."
It is our choice what we choose to magnify.
That's not to say that our problems are small to us, right here and right now. In fact, perhaps they feel overwhelming and insurmountable. This is simply an invitation to allow the Father to take you into His arms, and to see it from His point of view.
Worries and problems look a lot smaller when we choose to position ourselves in a higher place. Be encouraged, friends! The same Father that created the entire universe longs to take you into His arms and lift you higher than your problems.