When I was young I used to ride a giant of a horse. My dad would saddle him for me and I would shimmy up his leg until I could reach the stirrup. From there I would continue the climb to the top of that mountain I called “Butch”.
Then Butch, my sister and I would head out across the deepest ravine on God’s green earth. It was every bit as wide as it was long. Rough around the edges and full of crevices throughout it. I was sure there were snakes all through the bottom so my sister and I would race as fast as we could through it.
It rocked my world when my dad told me that the horse I had rode when I was 4, 5 and 6 and was sure was over 17 hands tall was a mere 14 hands. What!?! No way.
And that huge ravine, which was deeper than most oceans, you could easily drive a pickup across.
The funny thing is…those mountains that seemed so big when I was little weren’t nearly so big as I grew up.
My perspective changed.
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How often are we so focused on the mountain we see in our life we don’t really see the truth of it’s size? We focus on our problem so much that it grows and grows, completely out of proportion to what it is in reality.
We chip away at the situation in our strength somehow believing it will make the mountain smaller. When it reality, God is already SO much bigger than any mountain we see in front of us.
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:23-24 (NLT)
Now I’m not downplaying the size of many of the problems in our lives. They can be very real and loom large.
But, when we keep our focus on Jesus our perspective changes. You see, our God is still on the throne and no problem or situation escapes Him. We can trust Him to help us speak life into our situations.
Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Hebrews 5:14 (NLT)
As our spiritual maturity grows our perspective changes.
Just as when I was little and Butch looked like the biggest mountain I could climb so were my problems when I didn’t have the maturity to focus on God.
As I grow in my walk and get closer to Jesus the problems are still there. I wish I could tell you they weren’t but they are. But now it’s different because I don’t focus on my problems. I look up at the One who puts all things in perspective. He wants to help us realize that nothing we face in life is bigger than the God we serve.
It’s all part of the process of the growing and we should expect our perspective to change as the world grows dimmer because our focus is on the light and hope of the world.
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I love this. Such a beautiful visual, and reminder. Thank you!
Thanks Cindi! Blessings
Your description of how big the horse you rode as a child seemed against the actual size is a great word-picture. To your dad, the horse was not big at all… and to apply your analogy… our problems which seem mammoth to us, are not big at all to our Heavenly Father. It’s all about perspective and to what we compare things. Thanks for your encouragement.
I’m blessed that you were encouraged Karen. God is good! Blessings.
Laura, I am so guilty of allowing my perspective to skew reality, and it seems this is a constant area I have to remain diligent to harnass. Thanks for this challenge, and delivering it with such grace! I love having you here at Fresh Market Friday!
I’m right there with on being diligent to keep my focus on God instead of the mountain. I love being a part of Fresh Market Friday. Thanks for offering such a great place to gather. Blessings to you!