Adjusted Perspective

When you’re headed southwest on Hwy 377 in Tolar there’s a big oak tree that you can see on the horizon that looks as if it’s right in the middle of the road. As you get out of town and come to be where the tree is, you see that it’s to the left of the highway instead. That tree has long made me think about perspective and how things are not always as we see them to be.

At different points in our lives we may feel certain that a thing is so or not so or that it is this way or that. But as we get a little further down the road our perspective changes. The thing itself, such as the tree, may be unchanged and right where it always was. But as we travel on over the rising hills and winding roads and get closer to the thing that’s had our attention, we see it more clearly. If we are honest with ourselves we’ll adjust our belief in light of what we now see. It would be stubborn to insist that the tree is, where it obviously is not.

When we read the Bible, we may see some things that challenge what we’ve always believed. It’s not the book that has changed. It says today what it has said for centuries. Its message is eternal. Its truths are timeless. The psalmist says, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.(Psalm 119:89). You don’t have to worry about it changing according to the fads and whims of men. You do, however need to constantly consult it to see if there are changes you need to make in your life. Then you can say to God, “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory” (Psalm 73:24). That is the journey of life and the purpose of the Bible—to guide us along the way and to finally bring us home to God.

Brad Fry

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