Monica’s Praise Report 6/14/23

Post Date: June 14, 2023
Author: Monica Hebert

Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Praise be His holy name. Praise be who was, is, and is to come. Praise be God of the details! 

Thank You Lord for all thy benefits. Thank You for the lights that come on when I flip a switch. Thank You for the water that pours when I turn the tap. Thank You for the car that starts, and the truck that didn’t this morning. Thank You for Your resources and timing !  

I am sorry God that I doubt in my weakness and shortsightedness. I am sorry that I place my desires, my plans, my will before Yours. I am sorry that I sorrow Your people when I am self centered and do not notice who and what You have placed right before me. 

Have you ever noticed how your perspective changes with art, or a situation, when there is more distance between yourself and what you are observing?  Well, God has to constantly remind me of that!  Twice this week God has reminded me about perspective. Especially when it comes to how my vision of all that is transpiring can be so narrow.  The difference between my “take” on a situation or person is extremely limited compared to His.  This fact prompts me to trust more, believe more!

I was praying this week and an image of a beautiful piece of fabric entered my mind. Then, my view widened, and I could distinguish it was surrounded by a border. It reminded me of a baby blanket, and how much comfort to be swaddled in one gave my children when they were little. Then, my vision expanded more so. I could see beyond the border now to different designs, but just as beautiful fabric, all around. Then, more was revealed- until I could easily tell it was a quilt.  It is funny how a change in perspective changed my vision and the purpose of that fabric!  

Now, imagine God’s perspective. He always knew it was a quilt. He knew I would need time to notice too. He’s so patient with me. 

This morning, hubby tried to start his truck and it didn’t. He is patient too. He’s a good example for me. Anyway, my perspective of the situation was very different from his, and God’s perspective- well- is God’s. Hubby made phone calls, changed plans, and before you knew it – everything was fixed. Yet, all day, I kept thinking, “Our finances have taken quite the beating lately. I wonder how much this will be?”  

I was only looking at this through my perspective.  When will I learn that is not the totality of a situation?  Hubby informed me later in the afternoon about a refund from his recent surgery. I thought to myself, “ Good!  We could use anything right now.“ Tonight, I asked hubby what was the damage from the truck repair….. nearly the same exact amount!  

You gotta love God’s math!  He invented it !  He knew all along how to take care of us, and one day I will advance from, “ I wonder what that’s gonna do to our finances,” to, “ I wonder what kind of math God will do!”

When’s the last time your perspective was changed by what God allowed?  Do you need practice seeing as God sees, like me?  I’d love to hear your story!  Maybe it will continue to remind me to see as God sees!

It reminds me of the song that goes, 

Open my eyes, Lord / Help me to see your face / Open my eyes, Lord / Help me to see
Open my ears, Lord / Help me to hear your voice / Open my ears, Lord / Help me to hear
Open my heart, Lord / Help me to love like you / Open my heart, Lord / Help me to love
And the first shall be last / And our eyes are opened / And we’ll hear like never before / And we’ll speak in new ways / And we’ll see God’s face in places we’ve never known
I live within you / Deep in your heart, O Love / I live within you / Rest now in me

Source: Musixmatch / Songwriters: Todd Rundgren

Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

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