Good Morning Dear Ones:
Today I want to share about a lesson I have learned about perspective. I recently started a new bible study with some friends. It is the Unglued study by Lysa Terkeurst. In one of my homework assignments she share about a old folk tale about six blind men who wanted to learn about elephants. Here is the summary she shared:
"As they stand in different places around one of these huge creatures, each man reaches out to touch the animal and feel what it is like. Touching it's side, the first man describes it as solid, like a wall. The second man touches the trunk and decides the creature is much like a snake. The third man touches the tusk and determines that the elephant is sharp, like a spear. The fourth man touches the animals leg and likens the elephant to a large cow. The fifth man runs his hands along the elephants ear and feels certain the elephant can fly like a bird. The sixth man touches the coarse tail and concludes the elephant is nothing more than an old rope. "
Lysa shared that "Every man's perspective on the elephant has some legitimacy but each perspective is also severely limited and in every case a limited perspective leads the men to wrong conclusions and keeps them from understanding the whole truth about the elephant."
This story brought me comfort and understanding. I was able to relate it to situations in my own life. Areas where I am still working on forgiveness. Area's where all I can see is that which is right in front of me. I was comforted to know that some of what I see is legitimate, but helped to know I really don't see the whole picture.
I am just so thankful for this help. God knows my heart. He knows how I want to be set free from hurt. How I want the choking grip of unforgiveness loosed from my mind and heart. He knows how I want to trust Him when my perspective is limited. When the unknowns flood my mind and try to overwhelm me.
May He transform and renew my thoughts and mind.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is ~ His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. " 2 Corinthians 10:5
May He give me His perspective.