When it comes to trials, most people have "tunnel vision". The dictionary defines tunnel vision as: the tendency to focus exclusively on a single or limited goal or point of view. We tend to see our trials with limited vision. We either see them as strictly an attack of the enemy. Or we see them as just how life is. Or we see them as something to be delivered from.
Weeks ago we talked about seeing things from God's perspective. Our trials should be viewed from HIs perspective, not through tunnel vision. Yes, much of what we go through is an attack of our enemy-- he comes to steal, kill and destroy. Yes, also, some things that happen are a natural part of life. And, yes, again, who doesn't want deliverance-- after all we want easy comfortable lives. But there is another perspective, a broader field of vision we should have when going through trials. We should see them as a time of transformation in us. After all, the Lord works all things together for our good.
When a lump of clay is thrown onto the potter's wheel, spun around and pounded, the end result is a beautiful vessel fit for service. When a piece of metal is placed in the silversmith's crucible and heated and reheated, it is purified and out of it comes a precious metal that is of great value. When a fruit tree is pruned and the dead parts cut away, it is then able to produce more and better fruit. When an oyster gets a grain of sand in its shell, this irritant causes a beautiful pearl to be formed.
Whatever you are going through, don't look at it through tunnel vision. Look at it through a broader lens. What you are going through is not just a trial, it is also producing in you an eternal glory, the Fruit of the Spirit, and a transformation that causes the image of Christ to be stamped in you.
Have a great day. Trials are to be viewed through more than tunnel vision.
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