Shifting Shadows

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me" (Jeremiah 32:27)?

Anyone in our homeschool family can tell you that I got the short end of the stick when it comes to artistic abilities. In fact, the only artistic talent I had was drawing stick people! So when two of my children began to demonstrate drawing skills with their doodling, I knew their graphic artist father was the one to teach this subject. Since Dad was at work more than ten hours a day, I needed to supplement his teaching time with some instruction of my own. Deciding to teach the concepts and leave the technique to Dad, I looked for inexpensive ideas to illustrate my lessons. As we returned home from our afternoon walk one evening, the sun was beginning to set and cast shadows of our figures against the farm buildings. The perfect illustration for teaching drawing perspective, our shadows helped me to explain the concept to my young son and daughter.

However, my children weren't the only ones who learned a lesson that day. As I thought about perspective, I realized I also needed to apply it to my life. Being the emotional person I was, I had a tendency to blow things way out of proportion. My over exaggerated perceptions of a problem had caused difficulty in my family's lives many times. Convicted by the Holy Spirit, I understood that God desired me to see things through His eyes.

What about you? Do you have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills? Don't let your fears and worries cause you to make rash decisions and judgments. Come to the Lord in prayer and let Him show you a new perspective on things. Trust me. You'll be glad you did, and so will your family! "The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works" (Psalm 33:13-15).

Father, thank You that nothing touches my life without Your knowledge. Help me to find Your peace today in the midst of my problems and remember that You have everything under control. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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SUSAN M 07/23/2009 03:40:38

Thank you for your devotionals. I am always grateful for the insight and wisdom of each one. The Lord has used you many times to remind me of who He is and why I do what I do ...and not just in the homeschooling arena. Tjhe author (author's maybe) is someone who is being used by the Holy Spirit to minister to so many. I don't always take the time to read every e-mail or devotional I get in my inbox but these devotionals I always read because they are like water to a thirsty soul. Thank you. Susan McCurdy Tilton, IL

KORIN S 07/24/2009 05:37:03

Another fantastic reminder. Thank you! Keep them coming! I read these every morning when I check my email. They get me focused on Christ at the start of my day and prepare me for my personal devotions to follow. Korin homeschooling mom of 3 boys Mohrsville, PA

Lori Y 07/23/2010 03:22:36

wow. guess this was here for me this early am dealing with difficult people and circumstances has left me emotionally raw and discouraged with my ability to be in control of my self. seeing thru Gods eyes needs to be my prayer today

DEE H 07/23/2010 05:35:15

This was very encouraging! Especially because I can relate!Things can get out of perspective pretty quickly,if we don't get a grip on God's reality! His ways are better,and His burden light.I appreciate the devotionals.Thank you for sharing them and being a part of my morning! God Bless you! ~Dee Lincoln,Vt

KATHY S 07/23/2012 06:30:33

I always have the tendancy to make mountains out of moehills. I have Panic Issues for sure. My Mom has the same tendancies too. Before my Heart surgery, I was more posistive and strong, I kinda kept both of our heads on in traumatic situations. I know I will get back to being stronger. But, in the mean time, my 13 year old son has been filled with strength from God and the Holy Spirit. I was hospitalized again on Friday, and when my Mother was bringing my son to see me Saturday, she broke down crying in the car. She is not used to me being down for such long periods of time, and just as my son depends on me, so does she. My son told her " Grandma, don't cry. Don't you know Grandma, that Jesus is taking care of Mom, she will be fine". What an example to my Mom and I. God is so good. He gave my son peace in the midst of an overwelhming situation. Thank you Jesus for taking care of and guiding my precious son a;ways. Amen.

BECKYSUE R 07/23/2012 07:35:52

Thank you for another great morning moment, they are becoming a daily thing for me.

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