I saw this picture on my friends Facebook page the other day and was moved. Here in the midst of these mighty waves stands the light house. To me it speaks to the things the Lord has been showing me, to pursue peace by right perspective. To keep my eyes on Him. A thousand or more correct choices a day. Persistent choices. Purposeful choices. No matter the storms that are ranging around me or just life full of its diversions and distractions. He is not merely a temporary retreat. If I take where I am right now and see it through His eyes, knowing that in this place is something I need to learn. I need to be attentive to keep my focus and perspective.
In this place I find peace regardless of the waves that crash around me.
He is my lighthouse
1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel[b] is our fortress. Interlude
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
“When lives gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
It is all about finding the extraordinary in the most unlikely places. The times when things are going from bad to worse faster than you can blink.
This man came in to the store with the most amazing attitude. He said no matter how bad it gets it is all about perspective. If you look at the forest as a whole you miss the trees. If you miss the trees you miss the fruit and the flowers and the butterflies.
Point- Look past the problem to a more positive, extraordinary possibility.
At my sons graduation the principal asked certain students to stand. Ones that had overcome great obstacles to just get to walk the aisle and receive their diploma. The first two names were kids whose parents had passed away in the last few months of school. One student had been homeless throughout the school year off and on yet stood to get his diploma. Some had health issues and shouldn’t even be here today.
I am so guilty of getting sidetracked by things, big or small. I find myself getting on a role of complaining or being frustrated and wow, I must be a ton of fun to be around.
No matter what I am facing I was reminded on more than on occasion this past few days to change my perspective.
When life hands me lemons, SMILE and make lemonade.
“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect, so that you may be complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:3