For nothing is concealed except to be revealed, and nothing hidden except to come to light. (Mark 4:22 HCSB)
Perspective is a wonderful thing. With the proper perspective you can understand much of the world around you. For years Beth has attempted to change my perspective on many issues. It gets harder as you get older.
On the other hand, children hold no preconceived perceptions about the world. They always look at things differently until they learn. Beth was reminded of this as our air flight approached the island of Oahu. Evan sat by the window with wide eyed wonder taking in all the sights.
Watching the approach of the tiny piece of land consumed his attention. He wasn’t sure it was big enough for our large 747 to land. When we finally flew over the land he realized we would fit but another concern peaked his interest. Carefully observing life below, he finally turned to Beth with a puzzled look.
“Mommy?” he asked.
“Are those real people and cars down there?” he asked and pointed out the window to the highway and beach below.
“Yes, they are,” she replied confident of her understanding of reality.
“Oh no!” he said; eyes growing wider and leaning closer to the window. “How are we gonna play with those tiny people without steppin’ on them?” he asked in all seriousness.
Beth looked out the window. She knew all about perspective and distance. She knew the cars were full size. She knew the people were like everyone else. But Evan was still learning.
He had no concept of distance and its impact on perceived size. What he saw was real. If it looked only one finger long it was only one finger long. What looked like play cars to him were just that and he had to be careful not to step on them.
Sometimes we read or hear a passage of scripture and our eyes get wide with concern. “How can this be true?” we wonder. Everything seems suddenly out of place and confused. We aren’t sure how to step forward without stepping on problems. It’s then we turn to God in prayer or talk with another believer about our dilemma.
Suddenly we find God providing the answer to our question. Our perspective is expanded to include the revelation of another mystery. God reveals something new to help us in our walk on earth. There is always something new to learn.
“They’ll get bigger when we land so we won’t step on them,” Beth told Evan. They watched the cars and people grow as the plane approached the landing strip. Evan was quiet until we stepped off the plane and he understood the people were not really tiny. He had a new perspective. His perception of the world changed.
We hear the truth, a new revelation, a new mystery, and how God explains it. Then we step forward, wide eyed, and experience God’s wisdom once more. When we are willing to have our perceptions changed by God’s Word we grow and learn. When we think we know it all, we stagnate.
When was the last time we were sitting wide eyed reading through God’s Word, in amazement? Our perspective on the world and God may need some changing, some growing.