I put my disposable contacts in my eyes but something was wrong. Everything looked wonky. I blinked several times, thinking they would adjust, but nothing doing. I covered my right eye and looked through my left–the one with the higher prescription. I couldn’t read the bedroom alarm clock 10 feet away!
Then it hit me. My contacts were in the wrong eyes! Sure enough, when I switched them, life came back into focus.
It’s like this in the world sometimes–looking at life through the wrong lenses. Our limited perspective appears wonky compared to God’s immeasurable wisdom. We seriously need a better focus.
Looking at things from God’s perspective can make a world of difference. But there’s a problem. We can’t manufacture heavenly reality for ourselves. Apart from His help, divine wisdom is beyond our comprehension.
“Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” –Romans 11:33-34 (NASB)
There are so many scriptural examples where folks on the ground got it wrong. One of my favorite stories is when the guys on the water did.
Jesus is crossing a lake with the disciples when a sudden squall begins to swamp the boat. Time for the seasoned fishermen to wake up the carpenter.
“Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” – Luke 8:24 (NIV)
Jesus spoke to the fierce storm, “Peace, be still!” And the wind died down completely and there was a miraculous calm (Mark 4:39).
The disciples thought the “truth” was they were about to drown. But their context lenses were in the wrong eyes. As Henry Blackaby says, “Truth was asleep in the back of the boat!”
Christ not only speaks truth to a situation, He CREATES it.
Again, here’s Blackaby: “You can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus.”
Is it time to wake up the carpenter?