When I was little I hated peas. Seriously my mom and dad would have to give me and my little sister Danielle a $1 a spoon and then I would swallow them whole with a huge gulp of milk. While my sister Brooke would just eat the whole bowl, for FREE. EWWWW
I’m older now and I actually will eat some types of sweet peas on occasion but still find my self struggling with other types of P’s in my life. You know: procrastination, problems, pressure, people, perspective, peace.
I am learning continually the art of perspective and the lessons are coming as fast as I can focus/refocus. I can’t always look ahead, plan out, control what is happening. Too many variables. In my readings this morning a light bulb moment- when the wave is headed at me it seems so treacherous. If I focus on the circumstances and spring into control, kill or be kill, knee jerk reaction mood I surely will drown when that wave hits. I will most certainly blow it into something larger than it was ever intended to be. Yet if I keep my focus in the moment firmly planted in and on GOD and trust Him with the circumstances, trust Him with the storm, then by the time the wave reaches me it is shrunk to proportions of HIS design.
Philippians 4:4-7The Message (MSG)
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Perspective is a lesson I am learning every day. As I continue taking moment by moment, living in the here and now and looking ahead, I have to remember continually to assume nothing, to release that which is not mine to own, to seek HIM first in all my Steps and not focus on what seems to be headed my way. I can control nothing but boy do I think I can. When I keep my perspective in check and on him then the circumstances of my day, the events, the interaction with people ( and traffic) are manageable. When I change my perspective then peace follows. And these are P’s I can devour.