I have been thinking a lot about this word lately. Perspective is our viewpoint. Each person has a different perspective, but can we change our perspective?
I think my thinking about this word results from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and self- pity. Both are things I struggle with. Yall I am not going to lie, EDS sucks. Really bad. But I have a choice.
I can look at EDS how self-pity and Satan tell me to look at it: I hate being in pain. I hate not being able to walk. I hate having to worry about the things I do and if I am damaging my fragile body. I hate having to pop myself in place. I hate having to conserve energy because fatigue is a struggle. I am afraid, afraid of getting worse. This is one of the hardest parts of EDS, it does not go away. I can stand a lot of things for a few days, months, or even years, but EDS lasts a lifetime. And I do not know what that lifetime looks like. The list of my deep dark fears, dislikes, and struggles goes on.
Or I can look at it like this: I do not like being in pain, but I know I do not suffer in vain because He has a purpose for every bit of it. I do not like having to worry about damaging my fragile body, but I have a body. A body that is fearfully and wonderfully made for His glory. I do not like having to pop myself back in place, but at least I can. When my shoulder was dislocated for almost two months, I could not pop myself back in place, and it was absolutely awful. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am giving it to the Lord. My tiny perspective of right here, right now is nothing compared to His. He knows every detail from the beginning of time to all eternity. He is not surprised by EDS. He is not surprised by my doubts and fears. He knew it all. The best part- He has a plan. A beautiful, glorious plan, not free from suffering, but full of learning and hope.
When I trust Him, my perspective changes. I listened to a podcast last night by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth where she said something along the lines of this: “Give it to the Lord, trust Him with it. It’s not going to make it easier, it’s probably not going to change your circumstances, but it will change you.” Indeed, it has, it does, and it will continue to.
Our perspective changes things. It changes us. But we can change our perspective.
Avery and I were talking the other day about things that frustrate us. Even little things, like school. We can either choose to be frustrated that school is hard, or we can be thankful that we GET to do school. We can be frustrated we spilled food on our clean clothes, or we can be thankful that we have food to spill on our clothes. When we choose to see the blessings, we are changing our perspective and making life much easier on us, those that live with and around us, and we are honoring the Lord. He has blessed us abundantly.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I think that, as long as we live in this fallen world, Satan is going to try to make us see the “bad” things and block our view so that we are focused on them and not the blessings. As much as I wish that I could just see everything as a blessing automatically, I don’t. It is something I have to choose to do and that I fail at daily. Yet, every time that I choose to look for a blessing, it changes my perspective and makes me so much happier.
So today I challenge you, next time something frustrates you, try to look for the blessing. I am trying too!