556Get Some Altitude
- May 10, 2006Dear Friend,
We should always have the attitude of praise and see certain
situations from an elevated point of view. It is easy to get down
and discouraged when problems come our way, but if we change our
point of view and see things as God sees them, we can begin to
understand that this too shall pass and peace will be restored unto
us. Never allow the temporary trials that come your way to distract
your focus or derail the path that God has planned for life. Be
determined to go through that trial with a renewed vigor knowing
that if you stay focused and have the attitude of praise, nothing by
any means will be able to offset what God has put into motion.
I hope this message ministers to your heart to stand strong in the
tough times of life and focus more on the promises of God that all
will be well.
GET SOME ALTITUDE
I heard of a tornado that recently ripped through the central part
of Oklahoma. Guy, a church pastor, and his wife, Vickie, lived
directly in the path of the on-coming storm. They took refuge in a
closet in the parsonage.
Guy belongs to a denomination (United Methodist) which is known for
moving its pastors frequently, and he was scheduled for a move to a
new parish in June. Furthermore, as a church leader, he no doubt
encountered any number of storms and conflicts among church members.
But a tornado was something else entirely, and hiding in the closet
seemed the best course of action for the couple.
After the tornado passed, they emerged from their hiding place and
were astonished to discover that their closet was the only part of
the house left standing! Though they lost everything, they had come
through unscathed. As the couple stood in the middle of the debris
that used to be their home, Vickie's first comment was: "Wow, Guy!
This is wonderful! This will be the easiest move we've ever made!"
Here is a person who knows something about handling difficulties.
Sometimes we have to look beyond a problem before we can move
If you have ever flown in a jet on a foggy or cloudy day, you
probably know something about looking beyond problems. All seems
dark and dreary on the ground. Yet every day is a sunny day if we
can only get enough altitude.
Thomas Carlyle put it like this: "What you can see, yet cannot see
over, is as good as infinite." Get some altitude and you will be
able to see beyond the problem!
By Steve Goodier