This morning I read a blog update about a 6-year-old girl that I've been following. She was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor over a year ago. This little one has had multiple surgeries, chemo, ups and downs in this past year.
Prior to reading this update I'd been muttering to myself about some selfish thing.
Muttering about how rough my life is.
After I finished reading that blog, I sat back in my chair and wept. This little girl is actually home from the hospital and is in school. She is doing really well and just had a good report after an MRI to check her brain. Again. Scans and tests every three months are needed for this aggressive cancer she was diagnosed with.
And I was muttering about laundry or the stacks of dirty dishes. Something non-life threatening.
I wept over the fact that I can become so self-focused on small things and can miss the big issues that face people in this world. This family has been through some of the scariest and unpredictable things our troubled world can hand us.
And then the God Nudge came. I "saw" myself wearing these glasses with pin hole lenses. I can only see through the pin holes. There is no way I can see the "whole picture" through pin-hole glasses.
I need to take those glasses off and put on new glasses. Get a new perspective. Get a bigger picture. And, once I have better vision, quit muttering!
The parents of this little girl I read about know and love Jesus Christ. God has been their sustenance before the cancer diagnosis and through the ordeal of this past year. They have never stopped trusting Him, clinging to Him and begging the readers of the blog to pray for their daughter. They could've put on pin-hole glasses and become self-centered and self-focused. But they didn't. They have prayed for other families and even did a Christmas present outreach project while their daughter was in the hospital.
The temptation will always be in front of us to put on the tiny vision glasses. Because we do have a tempter in this world that wants to keep us as selfish and self-sufficient thinking as possible. See if you 'think' your problems are worse than anyone else, that no one else will understand, that you can't trust anyone so you might as well do it yourself, and the "lies" go on.....than you don't need God, do you.
Those lies come from wearing pin-hole glasses.
Put on new glasses today. I bet you'll find you have a lot to be thankful for. And the need to mutter will be diminished. Because quite honestly, I'm going to enjoy doing my laundry and while I do, I'm going to thank God for His abundance in my life and I'm going to pray for strength, courage and healing for my little blog friend.
The new view is amazing.
What glasses do you have on today? Pin-hole vision or a full-lens view?