Tuesday, May 2, 2017

His Morning Glasses

It is amazing how much more effective we can be when we choose to "lay down" our problems and get a good nights sleep so that we can wake up with a new perspective. Opening our eyes may take extra effort in the morning, but once we spend time with the Lord we are able to see things a little more clearly from His point of view. Looking through God's glasses helps to focus our decision making which allows us to become a more effective "work in progress".

The other night I found myself up late trying to formulate my thoughts into a meaningful message. A half of bag of sun chips, a cup of hot tea, a bottle of water, several minimized screens filled with different projects and there I sat on my couch in the beginning hours of the A.M. doing more work and having less progress. That is when I just let it go and laid it down, not just my laptop, but the work itself.
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you...."
(Jn 14:27 NIV)

It was not until after I made the decision to put down my work that I found peace. Finding peace was more a matter of choosing it, than searching for it. You would think that I would have already figured out, by now, that His ways are not my ways, (Is 55:8), but I am thankful that he allows me to develop daily.

For me I like to "get the job done", "plow the field now", "press through 'till day break", but that does not always produce the most fruitful results. Sometimes taking the time to gain a fresh perspective makes all the difference and who better to gain perspective than from the One who has the ultimate view.

Paul, divinely inspired, encouraged the Philippians to, "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus," (Phil. 3:14 KJV), and many times I view this advice through my one-sided glasses. You see we should press towards the mark, but only when we follow His voice.

When I woke up the next morning, the night after all my no progress work, I enjoyed talking with God and apologized for my solo behavior. In my heart, God told me the importance of putting on a new morning view. Once I put on His perspective He was able to lead me to more wisdom.  God reminded me that when I am faithful to trust in His morning perspective that I can be filled through His right standing, mercies, and compassion, instead of consumed by my lack of vision. When we choose to put on His morning glasses we are not only able to see more clearly, but our whole perspective can be transformed.

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness"
(Lam. 3:22-23 NKJV)

God's mercies are not limited to sunrise, but isn't it true that we are more reachable after we get a good night's rest. I believe that one of the reasons why God repetitively emphasizes morning time with Him is because when we wake up it represents a new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh perspective.  If we let God give us perspective first thing each day our "Work in Progress" thoughts and view can be more in line with His thoughts and His view, because we are looking through His Morning Glasses.

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