06 Oct 2017

Changing my Perspective

How many times have you been in a part of your life, when you feel you’ve been pulled paper thin? You’re at your very limit between school, work, family, and even yourself. And often times, in those moments you feel one of two ways, you either want to never leave the covers of your bed, and pretend like you have no responsibilities. Or if you’re like me, you start to imagine scenarios of how you can move to another country and start all over. Unfortunately neither of these are realistic options, because those papers on your desk aren’t going to file themselves, and you’ve got to do your dishes at some point.

We all experience seasons of suffering at some point in our lives, some seasons last longer than others but despite the situation we often feel like we can’t see the end of it, because our perspective on our future is not very large. We don’t know what could happen in month or even a week from now, you could receive a new job offer, move homes, or even something as simple as meeting a new friend. One way to better understand our perspective is by imagining you’re on a highway. You’re driving 80 miles an hour, blasting your favorite song on the radio, and a few seconds later, all the cars in front of you are turning on their red tail lights. In that moment your heart sinks, because it’s starting to sink in you’ve just hit rush hour traffic, and your speedometer slowly drops to 0. You don’t know how long you’ll be stuck in traffic, you can make an estimate, but the truth is you can only see a few cars in front of you, and not a mile or two in front of you. So all you can do is wait and make the best of the situation you’re in.

But what if you were in a helicopter passing over that rush hour traffic. You would be able to see miles down the highway. You’d be able to see the whole picture, from the start of the traffic, to the end. And in a way, just like that helicopter can see the big picture, so can God. What I’m trying to say is, God can see what we can’t. God has created each and every one of us uniquely by hand, he has planned out each in every one of our lives in detail. When I read the creation story in Genesis, I can just imagine the joy and excitement he had thinking about each and every one of his creations. But we’re not just his creation, we’re his children! Let that sink in, he has made you in his image, and that he has said “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)! God’s love for us is the perfect love and dwells deeply within us, through the holy spirit. His love is unlike any of the love we know! When we think of love we usually associate it with kindness, for example showing your mom you love her by unloading the dishwasher without being asked. But God’s love is different, sometimes and often times, he doesn’t give us what we necessarily want. We apply to our dream school and don’t get in, date someone for years, and our relationship ends. In those moments we can’t help but ask “I thought *blank* was your plan for me?” But really his plan is greater, in those moments we fell like we’re suffering, though truth is, he’s only leading us to something greater. Remember when things fall through that God is still working, and that his plan is so much mightier than your own, he knows every step we take, even before we take it (Psalms 139:16).  Remember we serve a just and righteous God, he wants us to rejoice and to be content in him. During our suffering, God wants us to rely on him rather than ourselves. Let your suffering strengthen your faith by leaning on him for strength and wisdom, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). Choosing to rely on Christ and leaning on him will bring you comfort and confidence in knowing whatever may come your way, God already knows it, and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

additional scripture: Psalms 139, Matthew 11:28, Romans 15:4, 1 Peter 1:3, James 1:12

xx Sasha

Posted on October 6, in Faith

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  • Found the cutest black sweater and it's on sale! This morning I went to Church with a good friend and got brunch afterwards! I'm about to go take some blog photos and then hopefully do some meal prep for the week! I love meal prepping because it helps me have quick options to snack on and makes me more likely to eat in rather than be tempted to go out. Especially during Whole30 meal prep has been a life saver! What do you do on Sunday's to make your week easier? (Ps: remember you can now shop my Instagram on the blog!)
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