Change Your Perspective.


Hope

 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

- Hebrews 11:1

 

I used to write down all the small and big things that God did (or is doing) in my life. But now I know there are no small things.


Everything God does is big because He's a big God who isn't limited to the world's definitions.


I was thinking of a situation that happened in college.

A few of my sorority sisters were in a step-dancing competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so some friends and I decided to drive there from Atlanta to support them. I love road trips, so of course, I volunteered to drive my car.

Before we left, I got an oil change from an inexpensive place recommended by a friend. The place looked legitimate, and I was happy to save a few dollars.

As I was driving home the day after we got back from the trip, the steering wheel of my car locked up and I couldn't maneuver it. It was the scariest thing.

Then, my car just stopped in the middle of the street. OMG, what do I do?

Panicking and not knowing what to do, I called my mom. She was living in Maryland, but I knew she would know what to do because mommies always do.

I tried to explain to her what happened. And then I noticed that the oil light and check engine light were on. What? I just got an oil change.

My mom told me to call the place where I got the oil change, so I did. They towed my car and brought it back to their shop to see what the problem was.

As it turns out, I had an oil leak that caused the engine to fail, which is why my car shut down. All of this was due to negligence from the place that gave me an oil change before the trip.

The cheaper option isn't always the best. Lesson learned.

The company had to replace my engine. I didn't have to pay for it, but I was frustrated because I didn't live on campus, had a job, and was out of a car for two weeks.


Here's the miracle, though. I drove with four other people to Louisiana and back (about 18 hours roundtrip) with an unknown oil leak. At any moment, my car could've caught on fire, but we made it there and back without being harmed.

That's God's keeping power!


I believe God brought that situation back to my remembrance to reveal to me my own heart. At the time, I was in an ugly mood because some of my prayers haven't been answered yet.

I felt God telling me that my focus was in the wrong place, and I needed to change my perspective and count my blessings.

Sometimes we get so frustrated about prayers that haven't been answered that we fail to see all the things that God has continually been blessing us with. God does so many things in the background to protect us, provide for us, and guide us.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

- Hebrews 11:1


In Greek, the word evidence, elegchos, simply means proof or test. If we always saw everything that we hoped for when we hoped for it, we wouldn't need faith. Our faith is proved when we can believe what we do not see.

God never takes a day off.


When we begin to count our blessings and focus on the things that God is already doing in our everyday lives, we'll see more of Him at work.


Change your perspective and give thanks for the "small" things, because through the lens of God, they're actually big things.

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- Mags

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