Perception isn’t always reality, but it will influence our attitude towards reality. A scientific magazine put together a list of statements made by children regarding their perspective of scientific matters. Here are some of the entries:

There are three kinds of blood vessels: arteries, veins, and caterpillars.

Blood flows down one leg, and up the other.

Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.

To keep milk from going sour, keep it in the cow.

To collect fumes of sulfur, hold the deacon over the flame.

It’s a good thing these children aren’t our doctors. But we might come away with the same faulty perspective if we had a limited understanding of the truth about these matters. That’s why several people can look at the same exact situation and come up with vastly different outlooks.

In yesterday’s devotional, I wrote about keeping in touch with reality through the Word of God. God’s unchanging truth must be the basis for our perspective of the world around us.  Things are not always as they appear. If we rely only upon what our eyes can see to form our perception of life’s realities, then we will be misguided.

Apply this to your unique situation. Maybe you’re going through a tough trial. You can see the hardship as a random string of bad luck, interpret it as a sign that God doesn’t love you, or view it correctly as evidence of God’s hand at work to conform you into Christ’s image. There are many different ways you can look at your situation. I hope you will choose to see it God’s way. No matter how bad things appear, with His true perspective, there is always hope.

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. — Jonathan Swift

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.