The vantage point we take in a scene effects what we see. An art installation in the park can be viewed from far away as well as up close. The overall look for this accordion piece offers a variety of textures and sharp angles. My photo was taken while peeking through a shape in a panel and peering the length of the sculpture. I am pretty sure this was not one of the intentional perspectives the artist had in mind when designing this work. However, my chosen vantage point was still successful. I managed to find a view that allowed me to feel as if I was a part of the design and observe the intricacies of the park art in a different way.
Just like the various ways I could have chosen to view this piece of art, we make daily choices regrading perspective. How we choose to approach situations will greatly affect how and what we see. While lining up the photo, I was cautious to not obscure the lens with the edge of the metal. When we let things block our view, the picture is not clear.
What sort of things do you allow to block or distort your perspective? Or is it simply looking at things with a negative angle rather than a positive one that you need to acknowledge? For me, it is both.
A past hurt or fear will creep in altering my perspective. I may allow the opinion of others to whisper louder than the guidance of Christ. Other times it can be negative self-talk or insecurities that create obstacles. A bad hair day, too many red lights on the way to work, spilt coffee; oh, so many things can slip into the frame and suddenly the perspective is all wrong.
An attitude adjustment is necessary for everyone at some point. But preparation can help maintain a better perspective.
Daily time spent with God is a great way to start. A devotion book, apps with verses, or simply time in prayer will prepare our hearts and set our course.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Will we view all things with a perfect line-of-site? NO, but seeking God’s direction and attempting to see things from a different perspective will establish an opportunity for clarity. Setting our heart, mind and eyes on His good works and His words will begin calibrating our perspectives so that we are prepared prior to situations.